John P. Wise, Wave3, June 8, 2020
Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the state will begin working toward correcting racial inequalities in health care coverage, among other areas, across the state.
“We are gonna begin an effort to cover 100 percent of our individuals in our black and African-American communities,” the governor said. “We’re gonna be putting dollars behind it.”
Beshear said his goal is for every black Kentuckian to get “signed up for some form of coverage.”
“I believe health care is a basic human right,” he said, adding that he’s not yet sure how to accomplish the task, but he said he aims for all black residents in Kentucky to either be on Medicare or Medicaid if they don’t have private health insurance.
Beshear also announced plans to introduce a new online training program for law enforcement officer trainees in light of local unrest following the aforementioned police shooting deaths. The program will focus on implicit bias, use of force, civil rights laws, community relationships and other topics.