Measure expanding access to healthcare signed by governor

Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by healthcare leaders and lawmakers in the Capitol Rotunda for a bill-signing ceremony on Monday, honoring the passage of legislation that expands healthcare services for Kentuckians.

The measure, House Bill 75, also supports Kentucky’s hospitals by boosting Medicaid payment rates for outpatient procedures performed at hospitals. The law is expected to provide needed budgetary support for hospitals, especially the state’s rural health care facilities.

The new law, which was supported by the Kentucky Hospital Association, requires the state’s Department for Medicaid Services to assess outpatient services and provide additional payments to hospitals to reduce payment gaps between Medicaid reimbursements and what would be paid by private health insurance. The measure also allows Medicaid to create a hospital rate increase program for individuals enrolled in its fee-for-service program to pay up to the upper payment limit of the federal Medicare program. The legislation is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2023.