An Unsustainable Path: The Past and Future of Kentucky Medicaid Spending

Kentucky Medicaid is on an unsustainable path. Its expansive spending growth over the past 25 years has put increased pressure on state and federal budgets. Medicaid has failed to fulfill the goal of improved health for most of its recipients. The recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) did not enact any fundamental reforms in Medicaid…

Bluegrass Institute report: Private groups gorging at state pension trough

State workers at politically connected private agencies eligible for taxpayer-funded retirement, health care benefits For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Oct.11, 2011 Contact: Jim Waters at 270-782-2140 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A new Bluegrass Institute policy brief shows that hundreds of workers at a multitude of agencies – including some private organizations – are feeding at Kentucky’s taxpayer-funded…

‘Kentucky Tonight’: More on the debt-ceiling debate

Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications for the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, addresses the debt-ceiling controversy Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. (EDT) Click here to watch last week’s show on the issue. Panelists included Kathy Gornik, chairman of the Bluegrass Institute board of directors. Waters will be joined…

BIPPS Board chair addresses the debt ceiling Monday on ‘Kentucky Tonight’

Kathy Gornik, president of Lexington-based THIEL Loudspeakers and chairman of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Directors, addresses the debt-ceiling controversy Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. (EDT) Gornik, who will talk about the possible impact of raising the debt ceiling on her business, will be joined on the program by Andy Hightower, executive…