A Kentucky travel ban has been put on hold.
A Kentucky official says the governor’s order does not include travel restrictions for residents of the state.
Matt Bevin says the federal government does not require state permission for entry to the United States and Kentucky has no intention of violating that agreement.
The U.S. Embassy in Kentucky says it has “no information that would indicate that the state is planning on enforcing its current travel restrictions.”
The travel ban is one of several measures Bevin is pushing as he seeks re-election, including extending the state’s deadline to file for the federal funds needed to pay for the state to run a health care system.
Bevin said on Friday that he would not seek federal funding if the state were to extend the deadline for filing.
The deadline for extensions was extended to Sept. 10.
Bevin said the state would not be asking the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for federal funds to extend that deadline, but instead will ask Congress for the funds to cover the costs of expanding Medicaid and covering the costs that the governor and the legislature must bear.
The federal government is also expected to request more money from Kentucky.
This is the latest setback in the health care battle between the U.A.E. and the federal health care law.
Bevin is also facing criticism from a number of health care experts and advocacy groups for using the health law as a platform to push a series of measures that they say are detrimental to Kentucky’s health.
The federal government issued a request for proposals on Friday to help implement the law, including offering incentives to states that want to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income residents.
The requests also included a proposal to offer health insurance coverage to anyone who is denied coverage because they are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex person.
Kentucky and several other states have pushed back against the federal mandates for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, including denying federal funds for expansion of Medicaid to more low- and moderate-income populations.
Some advocates for LGBT rights say the federal mandate violates their civil rights.
In Kentucky, Bevin has said the mandate violates the U-Va.
law, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
S Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who represents parts of the central Appalachians region, said Bevin’s decision to suspend the travel ban could affect a federal lawsuit filed by two LGBT couples seeking to have their marriages recognized in Kentucky.
The couples filed suit in U.C. Berkeley on Tuesday.