Friday, January 03, 2014

Did Steve Beshear commit Medicaid fraud?

Since Kentucky started taking applications for ObamaCare and forcing most applicants into Medicaid, the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange has been excluding disability payments from income used to determine Medicaid eligibility. That changed yesterday and that's a big problem.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid eligibility is determined by a formula based on taxable income. The formula counts disability income as income, but excludes SSI payments. Until Thursday, applications for Kentucky ObamaCare excluded all disability income. That means potentially thousands of applicants to Kentucky ObamaCare who were placed into Medicaid were put there erroneously.

The correct thing to do here is to come clean immediately and bring all Beshearocrats in to fix all the applications they messed up prior to yesterday. Any further delay in doing so only compounds the existing mess. The Kentucky Supreme Court could and should make this whole thing go away by clarifying Beshear's illegal actions creating the mess. Before that happens, we really need to hear from Beshear on this right away.