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Governor Matt Bevin Submits Innovative, Transformative Plan to Improve Health Outcomes to Federal Government
Waiver Will Ensure Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability of the Program

On June 22, 2016, Gov. Matt Bevin presented Kentucky HEALTH, a comprehensive plan to transform Kentucky’s Medicaid program, empowering individuals to improve their health and well-being while simultaneously ensuring Medicaid’s long-term fiscal sustainability in the commonwealth.

As a first step towards the implementation of the plan, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced a comprehensive Section 1115 waiver application proposal for Kentucky that is Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health (HEALTH).

On August 24, 2016, Gov. Matt Bevin submitted the Section 1115 demonstration waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sec. Sylvia Burwell. This innovative and common sense approach waiver will put Kentuckians on a path to better health outcomes, ensure long term sustainability of the Medicaid program and familiarize members with commercial insurance and prepare them for self-sufficiency.

The full Kentucky HEALTH Waiver Final PDF is available for your review.

Additional information

Kentucky HEALTH Overview
Kentucky HEALTH Frequently Asked Questions
Kentucky HEALTH Formal Public Notice
Kentucky HEALTH Waiver Praise
Kentucky HEALTH Formal Public Notice of extended public comment period

To achieve maximum transparency and accessibility, a complete draft of the Kentucky HEALTH waiver proposal is available online for public review or for in-person inspection at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Secretary, 275 E. Main St., Frankfort, KY 40621.

As part of the waiver's development, the Commonwealth of Kentucky had a robust public comment process, which included three public hearings, and an extended comment period to ensure every Kentuckian that wanted to be heard could be included. In total, nearly 1,350 comments were received and adjustments to the waiver application were made to address citizens' most pressing concerns.

Kentucky HEALTH Public Comments Summary

In addition, the commonwealth conducted three separate formal public hearings at the following dates and times:

► Public Hearing 1- Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 10 a.m. – noon Central time
Western Kentucky University, Knicely Conference Center Auditorium, 2355 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Kentucky HEALTH Public Hearing Information for Bowling Green 

► Public Hearing 2: Advisory Council for Medical Assistance (MAC) Special Meeting - Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern time
Kentucky Capitol Annex, 702 Capital Avenue, Room 154, Frankfort, KY 40601

► Public Hearing 3 - Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern time
Hazard Community and Technical College Campus, First Federal Center, Room 123E, 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701
Kentucky HEALTH Public Hearing Information for Hazard


Transforming Kentucky Medicaid PowerPoint Presentation - explaining the Kentucky HEALTH plan.
Graphic - Kentucky HEALTH eligibility summary

Public Hearing Transcripts

Public Hearing 1 - Bowling Green, June 28, 2016
Public Hearing 3 - Hazard - July 6, 2016

Last Updated 4/24/2017