Gov. Matt Bevin claims to be compassionate. Where is his concern for Kentucky’s retired teachers? I am one of thousands of retired teachers who don’t yet qualify for Medicare, being under 65. We retired with the promise of the state contributing its share to our health care premiums under the “shared responsibility” law, signed in 2010.
Bevin has chosen to ignore this law and refused to include the state’s required contribution in his proposed budget. I don’t know if this is legal. I do know that it is cruel and immoral and will cause great hardship.
Finding adequate revenue for the state’s needs is difficult. A true leader would be looking for alternatives. I suggest the governor explore ways to raise additional revenue, rather than simply cutting funds.
Perhaps Kentucky’s legislators will value the dedication of Kentucky’s current and retired teachers and keep the funding for health insurance. I hope and pray that this happens.
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Sandra Thomas Ross