Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear’s Statement on National Report Finding More KY Children Have Health Care Coverage Under Expansion
FRANKFORT, Ky. – “Once again, the benefits of establishing kynect and expanding health care coverage to more Kentuckians have been independently substantiated in a new report released this week by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and Kentucky Youth Advocates. The study found that the number of uninsured children in the Commonwealth fell 27 percent in the first year of the Affordable Care Act, moving Kentucky from 28th in the nation to 15th in state rankings on children’s health care coverage. And while most people would agree that a healthy child is a better, more productive student, the report found even greater returns in the long term. Children with Medicaid coverage were less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to graduate from college, making them healthier and more successful adults who are less likely to be reliant on government assistance. When we invest early and often in the health and well-being of our children, we are investing in the economic future of our Commonwealth. And the return we see on that investment is priceless.”
– Gov. Steve Beshear.