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4 Kentuckians named among ‘Most Influential’ in U.S. Health Care

(Clockwise): Broussard, Bevin, Paul and McConnell

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2018.”

The program honors individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be the most influential individuals in the industry in terms of leadership and impact.

Broussard, who held a 12-way tie for No. 2 on the listing, was cited for his efforts to expand Humana’s reach. Modern Healthcare noted that the Louisville-based company’s acquisition of Curo Health Services and Kindred Healthcare has paved the way for the creation of the nation’s largest hospice operator, and a partnership with Walgreens will launch new retail clinics.

As Senate majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (No. 43) has major sway over the nation’s health policy. The magazine notes that the most significant issue on McConnell’s agenda at this time is the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, which will see a number of health-care-related issues come before the high court in the years ahead. Sen. Rand Paul (No. 49), who is himself a physician, will be a crucial vote in the Kavanaugh nomination. Paul has also been a long-time advocate for association health plans as a way to address problems with the health-care system.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (No. 50) has drawn attention for his efforts to implement work/volunteer requirements for Medicaid recipients who are physically able.