Business First, May 10, 2013
Eligibility for Kentucky's Medicaid program is to be expanded starting in 2014. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement Thursday during a news conference in Frankfort. On his official Twitter account, @GovSteveBeshear, Beshear said the move will provide health care coverage for more than 300,000 Kentuckians who are uninsured. Beshear has weighed the Medicaid expansion since the passage of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Under the act, Medicaid eligibility is supposed to be expanded to individuals who are at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Currently, there is no federal requirement that states provide coverage to individuals unless they have dependent children or are pregnant.