Think the cuts to Medicaid dental and vision benefits hurt people “out there somewhere”? Look at this map and think again – they’re right next door.
As always, the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy is a key resource for moving Kentucky forward – and to keep Kentucky from going backward, too. They’ve taken the Medicaid expansion data and given us an interactive map that shows how many Kentuckians in each county lost the ability to deal with dental and vision problems due to our governor’s short-sighted actions.
Hover over a county and see the impact pulling the plug on Medicaid dental and vision benefits has had on everyday Kentuckians.
In addition, Dustin Pugel of KCEP lays out the reasons cancelling Medicaid dental and vision benefits is such a harmful and short-sighted move. You should go read the entire article (and share it!), but here’s the bullet points:
- There is no legal or fiscal justification to end these benefits
- Eliminating dental coverage is dangerous and costly
- Eliminating vision coverage is harmful and shortsighted
- Eliminating the transportation benefit is counterproductive
Do we truly know the motives of the people who made this decision? No, we weren’t in those discussions, and we can’t peer into their mind or heart.
BUT — we DO know the impact of those decisions, and the impact is pain and even death to the least among us. And that impact is spread across the state.
The Bevin administration has harmed every county in the Commonwealth. Let us hope CMS forces them to put the benefits back in place.