Kentucky governor vetoes attempt to scrap expanded Medicaid benefits

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill passed by the state's Legislature that would throw out expanded dental, vision and hearing coverage for 900,000 adults on Medicaid, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported March 24. 

The expanded coverage was announced in October, with Mr. Beshear touting it as a way to boost workforce participation.  

Lawmakers argued the expanded benefits were deficient under the state's emergency administrative regulations, according to the report. The bill to roll back those benefits was passed 70-19 by the House and 31-6 by the Senate before being sent to Mr. Beshear's desk. 

The Legislature has a chance to override the veto when it returns for the final days of the 2023 session March 29 and 30, according to the report. 

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