In 1920, suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to help women fulfill their new responsibilities as voters. Today, the men and women of the LWV carry on that legacy. We are a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. In the Bluegrass State, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky is proud to carry on that legacy.
The Winter 2018 Kentucky Voter includes information about League Day at the Capitol, a change in the way we recognize new, local leagues, an action alert for the KY legislature, a request to share photos if you participate in a Women’s March or Rally on Jan. 20 or 21 and a reminder about the release of our Redistricting Report.
We hope you’ll join us in Frankfort on February 14! Remember, democracy is not a spectator sport!
The press conference scheduled for Monday, December 18 has been postponed. Watch for information about rescheduling on this site.
Contact: Wanda Lynch, president, 502-875-6481
December 14, 2017
League of Women Voters of Kentucky to Release Report on Redistricting
LOUISVILLE, KY-The League of Women Voters of Louisville will hold a press conference:
Monday, December 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Capitol Annex Room 113, Frankfort, KY
The League has prepared a report to highlight concerns about redistricting in the state. Experiences with gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Maryland and North Carolina resulting in lawsuits, as well as the 2012 court challenge in Kentucky requiring corrective action in a special session are cause for concern about future efforts in the Commonwealth. Members of the redistricting committee and the state board including president Wanda Lynch and author of the report, Susan Perkins Weston, will release the report and discuss goals for improving the process in the Commonwealth.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The Kentucky League of Women Voters sent a letter to Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and Secretary of Education Hal Heiner cautioning them about implementation of charter schools and recommending use of Annenberg guidelines outlined in “Public Accountability for Charter schools: Standards and Policy Recommendations for Effective Oversight.” A story in the Bowling Green Daily News tells the story.
The KY Voter Fall 2017 can be found here. Read about LWV US changes under consideration in a report on the 2017 LWV US Council, along with an overview of our 2017 Kentucky Convention. Also learn about the state League’s letters to Commissioner of Education, Stephen Pruitt about Charter Schools and to Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson regarding the state’s Medicaid redesign. Also note the upcoming local League candidate training workshops. Please share that information with your friends and colleagues.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Wanda Lynch, President
August 10, 2017 502-875-6481
Kentucky League of Women Voters Submits Comment on State’s Plan to Redesign Current Medicaid Program
LOUISVILLE, KY– Kentucky state League of Women Voters’ president, Wanda Lynch, sent the the following letter to Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Secretary, Cabinet for Health & Family Services of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (email@example.com):
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky (LWVKY) wishes to comment on the state’s plan to redesign our current Medicaid program, including the Expansion, into a system now known as Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health (HEALTH).
We are especially concerned that the components of the HEALTH plan—as detailed in the updated and annotated #1115 waiver request to CMS—may not be in keeping with established National and state League positions.
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents. Other health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care. Statement of Position on Health Care, as Announced by National Board, April 1993 and supplemented by concurrence, June 2016. (http://lwv.org/content/health-care)
At our own State Conference on April 13, 2013, League delegates approved a recommendation that members “monitor the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky, insisting on transparency, oversight of contracts, and accountability in order to maintain the focus on the equitable distribution of health services.”
Note that, at both the National and state level, League members are concerned about the “equitable distribution of services.”
If the waiver is approved, it is our understanding that the restructured Medicaid/HEALTH program will impose premium and community engagement requirements on persons already doing all they can to cope with insufficient income, transportation problems, and/or few employment opportunities–especially in rural areas. We also question the harsh penalties to be levied on those who fall behind in premium payments or fail to report a change in income within a comparatively short time frame. The “lock-out” periods could impact those with chronic illness, patients who need ongoing treatment or medications.
LWVKY does applaud the recent state initiatives that will tighten regulation of payments to the managed care organizations (MCOs) who direct the delivery of Medicaid services. Such “oversight of contracts” and call for accountability are in keeping with our position.
We urge all who are working on the state’s proposal to protect access to care, to facilitate compliance by eligible enrollees, to keep the “equitable distribution of health services” uppermost in their minds.
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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding and advocacy of major public policy issues.