Stivers Says Kynect's Future Uncertain
Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says Governor-elect Matt Bevin and Republicans in the General Assembly are likely to move soon on alternatives to Kynect, the state health insurance exchange created through executive order by outgoing Democratic Governor Steve Beshear.
Bevin campaigned on eliminating Kynect and Stivers says keeping it would be a drain on the state budget.
“We’re looking at exposure in the next two years at two hundred and fifty million dollars in general fund appropriation that will grow to four hundred million. It’s very difficult to see that the system is being real successful right now.”
Stivers says, since the exchange was developed by the executive order of one governor, it could be dissolved by the order of another.
However, Stivers isn’t sure that would be a good idea. He thinks there should be legislative discussion of the issue first.
Stivers is the leader of his Republican Party in the Senate. He was in Morehead on Thursday (November 5) to speak to the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.