Gov. Patton recently announced $250-million in cuts to the state's Medicaid program. It couldn't come at a worse time, as an estimated 41,000 more people than projected will depend on the service.
So what's the answer?
Brenda Waltz, CEO of Greenview Regional Hospital, says she knows of a good place to start: Medicaid reform. She says the benefits of the current Medicaid system are better than any private provider can offer. She says those on the plan pay $0 out-of-pocket expense and often come to the emergency room for simple things like headaches. In addition, she says pharmaceutical costs are out of control, all which threaten to break the system for those who really need the help.
The state agrees on many fronts, and Senator Rob Wilkey (D) says to expect a "co-pay" system for some services by July 1st.
Some of the specifics of the state's plan include:
Source: KY Cabinet For Health Services contributed to this report.