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Save Kentucky Healthcare, an effort led by former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, is committed to continuing Kentucky’s dramatic success in expanding health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Despite insuring half a million Kentuckians for the first time, partisan politics threatens to reverse Kentucky’s gains by dismantling the state’s model health exchange.

Please support Governor Beshear’s ongoing vision to make affordable, quality health care available to every Kentuckian, from Paducah to Pikeville and in every community in between. If critics of the Affordable Care Act can turn back the clock in Kentucky, the state with the most successful health insurance expansion in the nation, they can do it almost anywhere. We must not allow that to happen.

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Save Kentucky Health Care Board Members

 

Governor Steve L. Beshear, Chairman of the Board

Steve Beshear served as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 2007-2015.

During his years as Governor, his vision for Kentucky’s success was guided by three critical goals: to restore ethics and efficiency to government operations; to attract and maintain jobs in the Commonwealth; and to increase the quality of life of all Kentucky families – through better education, job training, and health care access.

Governor Beshear brought Kentucky successfully through the historic recession by making Kentucky a leader in job creation. The state ranked second in the nation for export growth in the first half
of 2013. In 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Kentucky second in the nation for job growth rate over the prior year, with a net increase of 2.6 percent.

He also helped the state become a leader in auto production, education, and took a strong stance in curbing substance abuse.

In 2013, Governor Beshear announced the inclusion of 308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program, and launched the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. The Medicaid expansion, together with the creation of the exchange, ensured, for the first time in history, that every Kentuckian would have access to affordable health insurance. More than 521,000 Kentuckians enrolled in affordable health care through kynect, the state’s nationally recognized health care exchange.

An attorney by profession, Governor Beshear has a long background in public service, having served as a state representative in the Kentucky General Assembly, Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor prior to being elected Governor.

Governor Beshear is a native of Dawson Springs in Hopkins County, in western Kentucky. He holds a bachelordegree and law degree from the University of Kentucky.

 

Audrey Tayse Haynes, Treasurer and Board Member

Audrey Tayse Haynes was appointed Secretary of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) by Governor Steve Beshear on April 16, 2012 and served successfully until the end of the Governor’s Administration on December 7, 2015.

During those years Ms. Haynes managed and led a tremendous team of dedicated professionals to implement some of the most comprehensive reforms in healthcare delivery for Kentucky in many decades. Kentucky Medicaid transitioned from a fee-for-service delivery model to managed care for the majority of Kentucky’s Medicaid population, saving $1.3B taxpayer dollars in the first two years, while also improving member health outcomes.

Also during Secretary Haynes’ tenure, Kentucky received widespread national recognition for its full participation and successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Through Medicaid expansion and the establishment of kynect, Kentucky’s state-based health benefit exchange, more than 500,000 Kentuckians are newly insured.

Prior to her appointment at CHFS, Haynes spent more than 19 years working in and out of Washington, DC, serving in the public and nonprofit sectors.

She served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer for the YMCA of the USA; was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997 to serve in the Clinton/Gore White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach; and later was appointed by Vice President Al Gore to serve as Special Assistant to the Vice President and Chief of Staff to Tipper Gore.

Audrey is a graduate of Spalding University in Louisville and the University of Kentucky, holding both bachelors and master’s degrees in social work. She has received numerous state and national awards for her advocacy for mental health care, adult education, women and family issues and modernizing healthcare. Last spring, Ms. Haynes received an Honorary Doctorate from Lindsey Wilson College.

 

John A. Thompson, Board Member

Dr. John A. Thompson graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry in 1971 and returned to Lexington in 1973 after a tour with the United States Air Force as a Captain in the Dental Corp. He practiced general dentistry in Lexington Kentucky until retirement in 2013.

He served as Interim Executive Director for the Kentucky Dental Association during 2014. For 32 years, while in private practice, he participated as a part time faculty member with the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry.

In 1995, during the administration of Governor Brereton Jones, he served on the Governor’s panel for health care reform and as chairman of the subcommittee charged to write parameters of care in dentistry. From 1996 until September 2001 he served as a management consultant for the United States Army Dental Corp., European Command.

He currently serves on the Kentucky Health Care Exchange (KYNECT) Advisory Board, and has since inception.

Dr. Thompson has been very involved in the professional organizations of dentistry and his college. He has served as president of the UK College of Dentistry Alumni Association and was named Distinguished Alumnus 2013. He served as president of the Blue Grass Dental Society and as president of the Kentucky Dental Association and received the Kentucky Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2013. He served as Editor for the Kentucky Dental Association for seven years and was named as the American Dental Association’s Distinguished Editor for 2013.

He is currently enjoying time with family, travel with his wife of forty eight years, Carole, and exercising his passion for sailing and art. He continues to enjoy engaging in dialog concerning issues involving oral health, healthcare policy and provider involvement.

 

Benjamin K. Richmond, Board Member

Benjamin K. Richmond recently retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisville Urban League where he served for almost 30 years. During his tenure, Mr. Richmond significantly expanded the services of the Urban League and its presence in Louisville metro resulting in an improved quality of life for thousands of individuals and families.

Under Mr. Richmond’s guidance, the Louisville Urban League saw a sharp increase in total revenue, from $668,333 when he assumed leadership in 1987, to more than $3.5 million. This dramatic increase in financial support enabled the Louisville Urban League to strategically expand its programs in three key areas that had the greatest impact for families--Workforce Development, Housing Counseling, Housing Development & Financial Empowerment, and Youth Development & Education.

In 1992 Mr. Richmond was the catalyst in forming REBOUND Inc., (REBuilding Our Urban Neighborhood Dwellings) a housing development corporation that was responsible for building and rehabbing single family homes in Louisville’s economically challenged neighborhoods. REBOUND was the first to build a new single family home in the historic Russell neighborhood of west Louisville in over 50 years. REBOUND continues today to rehabilitate vacant and abandoned houses for low- moderate income families.

In recognition of a life of service, Mr. Richmond was named the Louisvillian of the Year in 2004 and was presented the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award by the Mayor of Louisville in 2007. He also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Simmons College of Kentucky, which is the nation’s 107th Historically Black College and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Spalding University.

Mr. Richmond served on numerous boards, committees and commissions, such as the Board of Directors of Greater Louisville Inc., the University of Louisville Board of Overseers, and “55,000 Degrees/15K Degrees” initiative aimed at significantly increasing college degree attainment in Louisville Metro. Mr. Richmond currently serves on the US Bank Board of Advisors.

 

First Lady Jane K. Beshear, Board Member

Jane Beshear is the wife of Steve Beshear and served as First Lady of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 2007-2015. In her many roles as a businesswoman, educator, community leader and First Lady of Kentucky, Jane Beshear has dedicated her life to the service of others throughout the Commonwealth.

As a life-long equine enthusiast and advocate, she has served on the board of directors of Equestrian Events Inc., which organizes the Kentucky Rolex 3-Day Event, and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Board.

Mrs. Beshear has been dedicated to addressing the rampant spread of breast cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Kentucky. As First Lady, Mrs. Beshear hosted breast cancer survivors from across the Commonwealth at the Annual Celebration of Hope Luncheon each May.

Her Horses and Hope initiative is increasing breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky’s horse industry workers and their families.

As a former teacher, Mrs. Beshear has been passionate about education. To tackle the school dropout problem in the Commonwealth, she organized Graduate Kentucky: A Community Approach. Focusing on drop-out prevention and increasing graduation rates in Kentucky public schools, she conducted summits across the state to gather ideas toward ensuring that students of all ages are given every opportunity to succeed. She also pushed for legislation to raise the drop-out age for high school students in Kentucky from 16 to 18 years of age.

Mrs. Beshear has been a longtime volunteer board member of many local and state civic organizations. She served as an ex-officio officer of the Kentucky Commission on Women and she served on the board of the Recovery Kentucky program, which assists those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction with leading normal, healthy lives.

Governor and First Lady have been married more than forty -five years and have two sons and three grandchildren.

 

Bill Hyers, Board Member

Named a rising star by Politics magazine, Bill Hyers has quickly built a reputation as one of the top campaign managers and political strategists in the United States.

Hyers is currently a partner at Hilltop Public Solutions, a nationally recognized public affairs firm that is active in progressive campaigns all across America including Mayor Jim Kenney’s campaign for Mayor of Philadelphia, Tammy Duckworth’s re-election to the U.S. Senate, among others.

Prior to joining Hilltop, Hyers served as Campaign Manager for Bill de Blasio’s successful New York City mayoral campaign. Hyers guided an effort that New York’s papers dubbed “masterful” and “shrewd.” With polls showing de Blasio running in fourth weeks before the primary, Hyers and team had the discipline to stick to a well-conceived plan and eventually earned over 40 percent of the vote in the primary and a landslide victory in the general election.

In 2012, Hyers served as State Director for President Barack Obama’s campaign in Pennsylvania. In this position, he managed a staff of 400 and a budget of $32 million dollars. 2012 was Hyers second stint with the President. During 2004, he worked as Midwest Director for Obama’s ground-breaking campaign.

Hyers first earned his reputation for running upset campaigns by managing victories for Kristen Gillibrand (2006 Congress) and Michael Nutter (2007 Philadelphia Mayor). In both cases, Hyers worked with candidates who faced long odds but ended up winning on Election Day.

Hyers political work has taken him across the country, including campaigns in Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Hyers is a 2001 graduation of St. Cloud State University. Before entering politics, he served in the U.S. Army, working as a military police soldier in Korea, Colorado Springs and Bosnia during Operation Joint Endeavor.

 

Roszalyn M. Akins, Board Member

Roszalyn M. Akins was an educator in the Fayette County School for over 30 years as a teacher at Leestown Middle School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. She has also served as the Dean of Students at Leestown Middle School and Carter G. Woodson Academy.

She retired in 2004 after completing 27 years of teaching. However, her retirement was short-lived and after 8 months was called back into the school system as a consultant for Leestown Middle School.

In 2005 Rosz initiated the start of an academy for black males entitled “Future BMW” (Black Males Working) in an all out effort to improve the life of African American males. At the present time the BMW Academy has 4 sites and serves over 250 young men in grades kindergarten through 12. The mission of the BMW program is to educate, motivate and activate the potential for excellence that lies within every young man of color.

Roszalyn is a member of First Baptist Church Bracktown and presently serves as the director of Family Life Ministries,Sunday School Teacher, Director of the Women’s Ministry, and a mentor
to minister’s wives. She has served in various leadership capacities for the Consolidated District Association of Baptist Churches as she presently serves as a President Council Member. She formerly served as Youth Director, Vice President of the Women’s Auxiliary, President of the Women’s Auxiliary, and Executive Board Member.

Roszalyn is a graduate of Bryan Station Senior High School in Lexington, KY, and is is the wife of Rev. Dr. C. B. Akins, Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church Bracktown. She is mother to one son, Clyde B. Akins, Jr. and one daughter, CeKesha Bene’ Akins.

 

Crit Luallen, Board Member

Eugenia Crittenden Blackburn “Crit” Luallen served as the 56th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky from November 13, 2014 to December 8, 2015 and previously served as Kentucky State Auditor. She is a native of Frankfort, Kentucky and graduated from Centre College in Danville in 1974.
Crit has decades of experience in government and politics and worked on Wendell Ford’s Senate campaign, Julian Carroll’s gubernatorial campaign, and served in the administration of John Brown, Jr.

In 1983, Luallen worked on Martha Layne Collins’s gubernatorial campaign as the campaign media coordinator. She served in the Collins administration as a special assistant and was later appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of the Arts. As Commissioner of the Arts, Luallen helped found the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

After Governor Collins left office in 1988, Luallen took a position working with the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership, a position she retained until 1992. Luallen returned to government in 1992 after taking the position of Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism Cabinet,
a position she held until 1994. From 1994 to 1995, Luallen served as Secretary of the Finance
and Administration Cabinet. In 1995, Paul E. Patton was elected Governor and Luallen served as Secretary of the Executive Cabinet until 2002. 

 

News

 

With Health Care Switch, Kentucky Ventures Into the Unknown

"...Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky plans to shut down the health insurance exchange his state built to enroll residents for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Now that he has notified the Obama administration of his intention to do so, the question is, will it change the law’s substantial impact there?"

Results don’t lie; Medicaid expansion benefits Kentucky

"...It is a simple fact that Medicaid expansion is an enormous economic win for Kentucky and every other state that has chosen to participate — and basic math explains why."

Kentucky, once an Obamacare success story, now moves to shut it down

"...Critics and nonpartisan health-care policy analysts question how much money Bevin will actually save in dismantling Kentucky's health-care exchange -- and at what cost to Kentuckians, who have used the popular health-care exchange to get insured in record numbers."