April 24, 2013 (The Lexington Herald-Leader) Kentucky officials have no intention of moving state workers into a
soon-to-be-operational health care exchange, even though lawmakers in
one western state are considering such a move.
lawmakers are looking to move some government workers out of a
state-sponsored health plan and into an exchange developed under
President Barack Obama's health care law. Budget writers believe the
shift, which could affect thousands of state employees and education
workers, would save that state $120 million over the next two years. It
would push more health care costs onto the federal government and has
raised concerns among public employees.
Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
spokeswoman Crystal Staley said there is no such move afoot in
Kentucky. Staley said the exchange is set up for small employers, making
state government ineligible to participate.