Nearly 500K Kentucky residents to lose dental coverage: 5 things to know

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After a judge rejected a plan by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, R, requiring Medicaid beneficiaries to work to receive coverage, the governor is rolling back the state's Medicaid Expansion plan, according to NBC News.

Here are five things to know:

1. Kentucky was among the first states to expand Medicaid. However, when Mr. Bevin was elected in 2015, he determined it was too expensive for the state to cover.

2. Mr. Bevin proposed new rules to offset the costs of the expanded Medicaid by charging monthly premiums and requiring at least 80 hours of community engagement a month, including working, volunteering or going to school.

3. Because a federal judge blocked Mr. Bevin's proposal, he is cutting dental and vision coverage for 460,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.

4. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier said, "[Kentucky had] no choice but to make significant benefit reductions," according to NBC News.

5. Mr. Meier predicted the state could face a $300 million shortfall in Medicaid over the next two years without these cuts to Medicaid.

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