Boasbert’s decision blocks those rules, for now. Bevin did not comment on the ruling. But Adam Meier, Bevin’s secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, says if the ruling stands “we will have no choice but to make significant benefit reductions.” He said the state is facing a $300 million shortfall in Medicaid over the next two years, and the new rules would have helped the state save money. Without them, Meier said they would have to eliminate dental, vision and pharmacy benefits for low-income adults.
Judge blocks Kentucky from requiring poor people to get job to receive Medicaid