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Wed Jul 20, 2016, 11:05 PM

Bevin's Medicaid plan protested before hearing

FRANKFORT, Ky. - As someone who works long shifts at a restaurant while putting in at least 20 hours each week trying to launch an outdoor adventure business, Tyler Offerman said he opposes Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed changes to Medicaid.

"To assume that people like me are lazy or mooching off the system is totally offensive," said Offerman, 27, of Lexington, who gained health coverage in 2014 after Kentucky expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. "The Bevin administration plan would be a disaster for me."

A dozen people - including a Roman Catholic priest, a nun, a physician, a farmer and others telling their stories about health coverage - gathered in Frankfort on Wednesday to protest Bevin's proposed changes to the federal-state health plan.

"Health care policy must protect human life and dignity," said the Rev. Dan Noll, a priest from Lexington representing the Catholic Conference of Kentucky. "Gov. Bevin's proposal is not a health care policy. We oppose it wholeheartedly."

Read more: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/20/bevins-medicaid-plan-protested-before-hearing/87306254/

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