Proposed Medicaid Changes Criticized In Hazard
Over 30 people spoke out about KY Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid system that through its expansion has seen almost 500,000 low income Kentuckians find health care coverage. WMMT covered the July 7 Public Hearing in Hazard on the Section 11-15 Medicaid waiver that the Bevin Administration is seeking. This Mountain Talk features comments from health care providers, mental health advocates, policy analysts, and regular works who work with those on Medicaid or are themselves beneficiaries of the program.
The KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services is accepting comments on the proposal through 5 pm Friday July 22. Email [email protected]
Appalachian Culture as Hub for Growth
Can artists, dancers, actors, musicians and creative thinkers of all varieties contribute to the economic rebuilding of our Appalachian communities? WMMT’s Kelli Haywood looked for answers to that question as she visited the 15th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School at the Cowan Community Center. The Center is one partner in a creative placemaking effort led by Appalshop called the Letcher County Culture Hub. Organizations and individuals throughout the county are bringing together arts, culture, and business enterprise to establish a more diversified economy and communities that are healthy, happy, and whole.
How to Shape Our Appalachian Future?
As SOAR prepares for its 3rd gathering, an “Innovation Summit” on June 6 in Pikeville, WMMT spoke with Executive Director Jared Arnett about his vision for the organization’s future, which includes focusing on creating a social network of people united in efforts to build the region’s economy. For another perspective we spoke with Willa Johnson, a McRoberts, KY native who works with young people as a KVEC staffer and media producer for the online learning network The Holler. Johnson talks about what she sees as the kinds of conversations younger people are looking to participate in and stressed the need to create a space that is genuinely inclusive and open to tackling tough issues.
EKY Health and Wealth Expands with ACA, Medicaid
Did you know that newly covered Medicaid recipients were responsible for bringing in an additional $22.8 million in health care spending in Letcher County, KY, over a 20 month period? And over $257 million in the ten hardest hit eastern Kentucky coal mining counties? In this story we visit with staff at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation headquarters in Whitesburg to talk about the impact that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare” as some call it) and Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion has had on patients, health care providers, and the community as a whole. We also hear from Jason Bailey from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy and Emily Beauregard, director of Kentucky Voices for Health, regarding concerns about Gov. Bevin’s pledge to dismantle KYnect and change Medicaid eligibility.