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Beshear: Kentucky adults can access Medicaid benefits beginning January 1

Karyn Czar

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has announced that nearly 900,000 adults on Medicaid will be able to access benefits while utilizing federal dollars for the program beginning January 1st. As WUKY's Alan Lytle reports, the areas include dental services, hearing aids/care, and vision care.

The governor said despite continual low statewide unemployment, some Kentucky adults just aren’t healthy enough to hold down a job.

The move garnered an enthusiastic thumbs up from Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the non-partisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Beshear said the expansion of services would have no impact on the state budget.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, Medicaid members will be able to access the benefits. No special enrollment period is needed.

Families who qualify are at or under 138% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, approximately $18,700 per year for an individual; $38,200 for a family of four. Children and youth ages 21 and under, enrolled in Medicaid already qualify for these health services.

Alan Lytle has more than 25 years of experience as a Kentucky broadcaster. Over that span he has earned multiple awards for anchoring, writing and producing news & features for WUKY. He took home the Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Best Radio Anchor award in 2021.