Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor, First Lady, CHFS Secretary Speak at Center for Health Transformation Meeting in D.C.

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 27, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher, First Lady Glenna Fletcher and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell each made presentations today at the Center for Health Transformation meeting in Washington, D.C. Their presentations were made as a part of the Center’s “Creating a 21st Century Medicaid System” program. 

The Governor, First Lady and Secretary were invited to present on Kentucky’s Medicaid model known as Kentucky Health Choices.  Kentucky Health Choices has received widespread praise and national attention.  Kentucky’s advances were showcased alongside other states’ efforts, each designed to modernize state Medicaid programs.

“Health care is a critical issue,” said Governor Fletcher. “Through Kentucky Health Choices, we are forging ahead into the 21st century, eliminating the one-size-fits-all program of the past and utilizing best practices that we know will improve the quality of health care in the commonwealth.”

Governor Fletcher presented Kentucky’s focus, implementation goals and vision for Kentucky Medicaid including technology, benefit design and care management.  The Governor also outlined the relationship between Medicaid eligible individuals and the uninsured which brings even greater importance to programs like the Insurance Coverage, Affordability and Relief to Small Employers (ICARE) effort.  ICARE is Governor Fletcher’s small business health insurance program designed to help small businesses obtain or maintain health insurance for employees. The General Assembly passed ICARE earlier this year.  

First Lady Glenna Fletcher shared an overview of some of the efforts that she has championed and supported.  These include the Governor’s Wellness and Physical Activity initiative, called Get Healthy Kentucky, and a birthday card program for certain senior and Medicaid populations designed to encourage awareness and promote early detection for breast and cervical cancer. 

Secretary Birdwhistell participated in a roundtable discussion with peers from other states, each sharing insight into innovative strategies that have been undertaken to help provide the most appropriate and efficient health care model for the states’ most vulnerable populations.

A complete agenda and other supplemental materials for the broadcast are currently available on the Center for Health Transformation’s Web site at  http://www.healthtransformation.net/events/special_events/4630.cfm.


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