Meredith appointed Co-Chair of Cabinet Task Force | Grayson County

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Senate leadership recently announced the appointment of Senator Steve Meredith, R-Leitchfield, to serve as co-chair of the new Task Force on Organizational Structure, Operations and Cabinet Administration for Health and Family Services, which will lead its activities until the 2022 interim session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The working group will study the organizational structure, operations and administration of programs, policies and procedures within the Health and Family Services Office. It will also receive feedback from members of Cabinet as well as advocates and beneficiaries of its services and programs.

“The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is the largest cabinet in our state government and touches the life of every Kentucky resident,” Meredith said. “I am optimistic about our efforts to examine ways to improve Commonwealth health outcomes, control health care costs within Medicaid, and adequately protect and serve our most vulnerable citizens. We will be diligent in our efforts and encourage and value input from all stakeholders. »

The task force will report its findings to the Legislative Research Committee by December 1 for referral to the appropriate standing committee with jurisdiction over the policy area.

“Before entering public service, Senator Meredith spent his entire professional career in the health care industry,” said Senate Speaker Robert Stivers. “Steve brings a vital level of private sector expertise to this task force and I am grateful that he is leading this collaborative effort.”

A legislative task force is also known as a special committee. They are established by the Legislative Research Commission and operate primarily during the interim, usually studying a specific topic. The CHFS task force is one of six new task forces created to carry out activities during the interim.

Additional working groups include:

The Bourbon Barrel Taxation Task Force – Established to study the current ad valorem tax rate structure for bourbon barrel sales in the Commonwealth.

The Benefits Cliff Task Force – Established to examine the impact of the public assistance benefit cliff on labor market participation, employment, earnings and benefit duration and use in the Commonwealth and develop public policy recommendations to help working families move from public assistance to gainful employment and self-reliance.

The Early Childhood Education Task Force – Established to carry out a comprehensive review of Commonwealth early childhood care and education structures and operations.

The Emergency Medical Services Task Force – Established to study the provision of emergency medical services in Kentucky.

The Executive Branch Effectiveness Task Force – Established to study the effectiveness of the Executive Branch Cabinet’s current working procedures for the administration of Commonwealth Citizen Services.

The 2022 interim session will serve as an introduction to the 2023 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, as legislative efforts in the coming months will be a critical component in shaping potential legislation.

Visit legislature.ky.gov for more details on Meredith and more information on legislative committees, such as membership and programming. Tune in for interim live coverage at ket.org/legislature or via the Legislative Research Commission’s YouTube channel. Archived legislative images can be viewed here and at KET.org/legislature/archives.

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