Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) on Friday signed an executive order that would terminate the state's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act if a court were to block components of the state's new Medicaid wavier, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kentucky, New York, and Wyoming.
- Kentucky: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) on Friday signed an executive order that would terminate the state's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if a court were to block components of the state's new Medicaid waiver. Under the waiver, the state received permission to implement Medicaid work and premium requirements for certain beneficiaries, among other provisions—and several opponents said they are considering legal challenges. According to The Hill, about 500,000 state residents would lose Medicaid coverage if Kentucky eliminates the state's Medicaid expansion under the ACA (Beam, AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/16; Weixel, The Hill, 1/16; Baker, "Vitals," Axios, 1/17; Diamond, "Pulse," Politico, 1/17; Bevin executive order, 1/12).
- New York: New York City will remove a statue of a doctor who practiced surgical procedures on enslaved women without consent or anesthesia. While the doctor, J. Marion Sims, has been regarded as a pioneer in gynecology, the practices he used in his research have come under fire. A New York City commission has recommended that the statue of Sims be moved from Central Park to Sims' grave in Brooklyn (Thielking, "Morning Rounds," STAT News, 1/16).
- Wyoming: Karl Sundberg has been named CEO of South Lincoln Medical Center. Sundberg comes to South Lincoln from Nevada Health Centers, where he served as COO. At South Lincoln, Sundberg succeeds Ken Archer, who resigned last year (Vaidya , Becker's Hospital Review, 1/12).
Where the states stand on Medicaid expansion
The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt of the law's Medicaid expansion, leaving each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders.
The Daily Briefing editorial teams have been tracking where each state stands on the issue since the ruling, combing through lawmakers' statements, press releases, and media coverage. In this latest iteration of our Medicaid map, we've determined each state's position based on legislative or executive actions to expand coverage to low-income residents using ACA funding.