A new report released by a private healthcare provider, the Lexington Medical Group, suggests that Kentucky’s medical reconstruction program, which provides free care to people recovering from surgeries, is a failure.
The report, which is part of the Lexington Institute for the Public Interest, found that many Kentucky patients who received medical reconstruction services, while having excellent outcomes, are now in need of more comprehensive services.
The Lexington Medical Institute found that the state’s reconstruction programs are failing at treating the needs of the uninsured and people with chronic conditions like asthma.
In response to the report, Gov.
Matt Bevin, who has said he is committed to rebuilding Kentucky’s economy, has appointed Dr. Scott Ritter, the CEO of Lexington Medical, to lead a task force to identify a replacement system for the state.
The Lexington Institute, which researches healthcare reform, has long argued that the reconstruction system in Kentucky needs to be overhauled to address the needs for the uninsured, those with chronic illnesses and those with limited income.
Kentucky is one of only a few states that have not yet reformed its medical reconstruction programs, with Bevin’s administration taking office in 2019.
The new report was released on Monday.
Kentuckians with health insurance will continue to be covered under the Kentucky Medical Reconstructions program, but they must pay premiums and must obtain an assessment form to obtain services from a qualified provider.
The Kentucky Medical Reinvestment Act, which requires that insurance companies cover all reconstruction services under the program, does not extend to the uninsured.
According to the Lexington report, some patients who were eligible for medical reconstruction were not eligible because they were underinsured, were in their late 50s or older, or were not physically fit.
Many were able to get insurance through Medicaid and the Veterans Affairs Disability Insurance program, the report noted.
In some cases, the Kentucky Department of Health Services did not have the money to cover all patients.
The report also found that, despite being eligible for reconstruction, patients with disabilities were often not able to access the services they needed, which was not due to the lack of a quality provider.
The new report also recommends that the federal government provide the Kentucky State Treasurer with a $50 million matching fund for all reconstruction projects, including for people who were unable to pay premiums or for people in rural areas.