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Friday, March 4, 2011

Kentucky Senate Refuses to Drop Medicaid Funding Plan

As expected, the Kentucky Senate on Friday refused to drop its changes to a bill to shore up the finances of the state’s Medicaid program.  That sets the stage for appointment of a conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate.

The House voted to transfer $166.5 million from the 2011-12 Medicaid budget to make up for a shortfall this year. It would then be up to Gov. Steve Beshear to produce savings to plug that hole in 2011-12.  The Senate disagreed with this plan and proposed to transfer the money, but make cuts in other areas of state government to shore up the 2011-12 Medicaid budget.

In other action, a bill to streamline state guardianship procedures to conform with those in other states won approval from the Senate Friday.  House Bill 164, sponsored by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, will allow Kentucky to recognize legal guardians from other states.  It now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Senate also approved a House bill that would bar people who abuse or financially exploit vulnerable adults from inheriting from their victims.  HB 52 also would prevent such individuals from serving as guardians, power of attorney or executor for their victims.  Because of Senate changes, that bill goes back to the House for final approval.

 

Courtesy Courier-Journal


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