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.
May 31, 2016