>> Kentucky has been touted as one of Obamacare's biggest success stories. Nearly 400,000 people in the state gained health insurance with the Medicaid expansion offered under the law. Something many Conservative states opted to do without. But now, Kentucky's new Republican governor is trying to roll it all back, and reduce the number of people on Medicaid.
Reuter's correspondent Robin Respole has the details.>> Through a Federal waiver, Kentucky is asking to reduce the number of people on it's Medicaid roles by 86,000 people. They would do this by requiring Kentuckians to work or be in school for at least 20 hours a week, by paying premium fees each month.
And if they do not abide by these rules, then they could be potentially locked out of Medicaid for the first time.>> If successful Kentucky, which President Trump won handily last November, would provide a road map for other states to begin dismantling a central tenet of Obamacare, without waiting for help from Congress.
The House on Thursday narrowly passed a revised healthcare bill, which faces an uncertain future in the Senate. And includes huge cuts to Medicaid funding over the next ten years. Governor Matt Bevan has justified his proposal to cut back on Medicaid now by claiming that the increased enrollment hasn't improved resident's health.
But some studies show otherwise.>> Kentucky has severe health problems, as states it's at the bottom of rankings for cancer deaths, smoking, and diabetes. The state's also had problems with an opioid epidemic, and loss of coal mining jobs. Independent studies found that after a year of expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, there was tens of thousands more people receiving preventative dental care, and things like cholesterol screenings.
>> Experts say the odds look good for Kentucky to get its waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the coming months. Based on the track record of new officials appointed to the agency by the Trump administration.