Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Secretary Birdwhistell to Meet With U.S. Secretary Leavitt

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark Birdwhistell will have a private working meeting this weekend with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. The meeting will take place in Charleston, S.C.

The issues to be addressed will include:

  • Kentucky’s implementation of its progressive Medicaid reform (Kentucky Health Choices) under the new federal legislation recently passed by Congress.
  • The preservation of the current provider assessments which are crucial to Kentucky’s Medicaid budget. HHS is proposing to significantly limit these sources of revenue, which would not be good for Kentucky’s program.
  • Other waivers that Kentucky has requested which are currently under review by the Dept of HHS in DC.
  • A discussion of Kentucky’s leadership on the E-Health arena and our efforts in providing consumers with price information so that they can make informed health care choices.