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Despite high approval ratings, KYnect's future seems grim after Matt Bevin win


Kentucky citizens voted Tuesday to elect Tea Party activist Matt Bevin as their new governor, a decision that will have major implications for the state's Affordable Care Act exchange, KYnect.

KYnect seemed to serve the state well, as it helped the state's uninsured rate plummet from 20.4 percent to 9 percent, according to a Washington Post article. Bevin wants to transfer everyone to the federal exchange and then shut down the state exchange, despite the fact that the state exchange has high approval among Kentuckians, the article notes.

Nevertheless, some Kentucky voters who benefited from the Medicare expansion voted against the candidate who wanted to keep it as it is--outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat. Bevin also gained some of his greatest support from Kentucky's impoverished eastern counties, where enrollment in Medicaid had been highest, the Post adds. 

When it comes to Medicaid, Bevin has pledged to repeal the expansion as it currently exists, as there is "there is no financial advantage to keeping a duplicative state-level exchange when the same needs are met at the federal level without the extra cost to Kentucky taxpayers," he said in an interview in the Cincinnati Enquirer. He also feels the move from the state exchange will "ensure continued access to health care coverage, while saving Kentucky taxpayers millions in state tax dollars."

Bevin also recently spoke about the failure of Kentucky's CO-OP, saying the collapse was a "financial debacle that is a direct result of Obamacare," according to the Post.  

To learn more:
- read the Washington Post article
- here's the Enquirer article

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