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Beshear Places Bet with US Cabinet Secretary on UK, EKU Games

The Kentucky Wildcats face the Kansas State Wildcats while the Eastern Kentucky Colonels take on the Kansas Jayhawks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, so Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has placed a friendly bet with former Kansas Governor and current Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

From Governor Beshear:

Here’s a friendly warning for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.

Get ready to cheer for Kentucky.

See, the secretary and I have been working together for many months as I’ve used federal health care reform as a tool to find health care coverage for every Kentucky resident.

With more than 320,000 Kentuckians already signed up through kynect, the Commonwealth’s Health Benefits Exchange, the secretary has seen firsthand that here in Kentucky, we know how to run well-executed plays.

But beginning tonight, she’s going to see Kentucky’s expertise in another environment: the basketball court.

It’s March Madness time, the Commonwealth is represented by three teams (Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville), and I’m confident.

So confident, in fact, that I’m making Sec. Sebelius a bet.

See, the secretary is a former governor of Kansas. THAT Kansas.

And in the NCAA’s first round on Friday, EKU plays Kansas, and UK plays Kansas State.

So here’s the bet: The winner gets to gloat as the loser takes to Twitter to eat crow and cheer on the winner. Follow us on @Sebelius and @GovSteveBeshear to watch it unfold.

Meanwhile, on a more serious note, while we’re placing a friendly bet on our teams, make sure you’re not betting on your health, because we are all just a fall, a foul or an unfriendly diagnosis away from needing quality, affordable healthcare.

Thanks to the new health care law, coverage you can afford is within reach on the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you or someone you know needs affordable health coverage, visit in Kentucky or find the Marketplace in your home state on You can enroll online, over the phone or in person at an enrollment site in your area.

It’s so easy, you can do it at halftime.

But don’t wait to sign up for coverage because Open Enrollment ends on March 31. Everyone wins when we spread the word about the Marketplace. So sign up today and stay tuned for the games on Friday!