SEN.’S ADAMS, ALVARADO ISSUE STATEMENT ON KY HEALTH WAIVER

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2016
Contact: John Cox
859-492-2963
John.Cox@LRC.KY.GOV

SENATORS ADAMS, ALVARADO ISSUE STATEMENT ON KENTUCKY HEALTH WAIVER SUBMISSION

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The following is a joint statement on behalf of Senate Health and Welfare Committee chair Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) and vice chair Dr. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester):

“The current Medicaid model in Kentucky is broken. If we continue down this unsustainable path, many Kentuckians will lose their healthcare coverage and we will have less state dollars to fund education and fix pension systems. The waiver proposed by Governor Bevin is a common-sense approach to keep Kentuckians covered and become personally engaged in their own health. This waiver promotes accountability and provides a pathway to private insurance.”

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For more information on the Section 1115 demonstration waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) from Governor Matt Bevin’s Office, please visit: http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/kh.

Senate Majority Priorities for Part 2 of #KYGA15

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015) – The Kentucky Senate Majority introduced their next five priorities bills Tuesday to kick off part two of the 2015 Legislative Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. All five bills received their first reading Tuesday:

  • Senate Bill 6 (Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado) – creates a medical malpractice claim board to review cases against health care providers before they can be pursued in court to help stop frivolous lawsuits.
  • SB 7 (Sen. Julie Raque Adams) – requires ultrasound pictures of a woman’s unborn baby be made available to the individual considering having an abortion, if she chooses to see them.
  • SB 8 (Sen. Mike Wilson) – permits the establishment of charter schools to close the educational achievement gap and provide choices for parents.
  • SB 9 (Sen. Wil Schroder) – Reduces the cost of new school construction by exempting said schools from the “prevailing wage” requirements.
  • SB 10 (Sen. Stan Humphries) – continues the development of a stroke system of care in Kentucky that facilitates timely access to an appropriate level of care for stroke patients.  In 2006, the legislature passed a resolution that encourages the development of this system.

SENATE WRAPS UP PART ONE OF KY G.A. ’15 BY APPROVING FOUR PRIORITY BILLS

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Friday, Jan. 9, 2014) – After successfully passing the “heroin bill” and “right-to-work” bill on Thursday, the Kentucky Senate approved two more pieces of legislation (referred to as an “administrative regulations” bill and an “informed consent” bill) on Friday morning to close out ‘part one’ of the two-part, 2015 legislative session.

Immediately following Thursday’s session which passed Senate Bills 1 and 5, the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee met to hear Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville)-sponsored Senate Bill 4, which redefines current law by requiring that a woman considering an abortion have a face-to-face meeting with her physician before following through with the procedure. After hearing testimony from a group of supporters, the measure was reported out of committee favorably.

Following the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee meeting, the Senate State and Local Government Committee met to hear Chairman and primary bill sponsor Sen. Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) present Senate Bill 2, which would prevent the executive branch of state government from administrating regulations found deficient by the General Assembly. Senate Bill 2 also was reported out of committee favorably and both bills were approved on the Senate floor Friday morning.

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“I was pleased with what we were able to accomplish in this four-day period,” Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) said Friday. “We wanted to send the message that the Senate is here to lead, to be bold and to get things done in Frankfort.

“Every piece of legislation we acted on this week touched on the goals we’ve outlined this session – to create Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families. I think it was a successful four days and we plan to build on this momentum as we move toward part two of the session in February.”