Beshear Vetoes Portion of Medicaid Bill

by Tony McVeigh on March 25, 2011

As promised, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has vetoed large sections of the Medicaid bill approved by state lawmakers.

Across-the-board cuts to state agencies, including education are out. So is language preventing additional furloughs, face-to-face interviews of Medicaid applicants, debt restructuring, and legislative pay during the veto recess.

“And I would certainly suggest to the Senate majority that they can step up and voluntarily write a check back to the commonwealth for any pay that they receive after March 24th,” he says.

The vetoes will allow Beshear to move forward with his original plan for balancing Medicaid, which includes projected savings from managed care. Senate President David Williams predicted the House would want to return to Frankfort to override some of the vetoes, but Speaker Greg Stumbo issued a statement saying Beshear “did what he said he would do.”

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Harold Trainer, USAF RET March 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Beshear has mismanaged Medicaid look at Passport and managed care it provides. Where is the audit to determine cost effectiveness. And when you add Abramson to Beshear you get more mismanagement. Look at Louisville.

Bob March 26, 2011 at 1:03 am

Harold, for your information: Passport’s corrupt officials, including Shannon Turner, were all people stuck in there by Ernie Fletcher, and who had been defended by David Williams.

Thank God the auditor pointed out their wrongful acts and got them out of there. Beshear and the auditor had both been trying to clean out that leftover cesspool, and have now done it.

David Williams has ignored 20 years of track records on managed care that can cut medicaid expenses, just because he wants to grab even more money that he could get his hands on and stick in his own pocket if he got to be governor.

David Williams needs to go back to those Indiana casinos he’s so well known for hanging out in and try his luck at his favorite game of Blackjack if he wants to get rich, instead of trying to take money from Kentucky taxpayers.

Harold Trainer, USAF RET March 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

The root of this Medicaid problem lies in Washington DC and the debt management and spending of our government. Especially the war spending, inappropriate tax cuts for the wealthy, subsidies to energy, big business and defense contracts. Why are we spending money on wars and not people.

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