HHS Approves Harmful 1115 Waivers in Kentucky

Executive Summary

Earlier today, HHS approved the “Kentucky HEALTH” section 1115 waiver. The approval allows Kentucky to ignore numerous critical and long-standing Medicaid protections for eligible Kentuckians. The approved project is effectively a health care cut that will worsen or eliminate access to Medicaid for low-income individuals. It is a huge step backwards for Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion, which had been held out as a national model.

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