No Progress in Conference Committee on Medicaid Budget

House/Senate conference committee discussions on Kentucky’s Medicaid budget have bogged down again in Frankfort.

At the behest of the House, the conference committee revisited Governor Beshear’s plan for balancing the Medicaid budget.  Two hours later, the conferees were no closer to agreement than when they started Friday night.  So, House Speaker Greg Stumbo offered a compromise – let the governor try his plan, and use $69 million in additional unbudgeted revenue now coming in, to help balance if the governor fails.

“And not only doing that, saving an additional revenues that would result that aren’t budgeted as a result of growth.  So, if there is growth, and I believe there will be, we’ll have not only the $69 million that we’ve recognized Mr. Chairman, but we’ll have a little bit on top of that,” said Stumbo.

Weary from the negotiations, the conferees broke for lunch, and will try again later.  This could be their last chance for agreement because this is day 29 of the 30 day session and they want at least one day for veto overrides.


By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.