Updates to Kentucky Expungement Law
Expungements have also become more affordable, as no certificate of eligibility is needed for charges that were dismissed without prejudice by the Court. However, for all convictions, a certificate of eligibility is still required and the certificate costs $40. The cost for Class D felony expungements is now less, as you only have to pay $50 at the time of filing the petition for a felony expungement and an additional $250 when the expungement is granted by the Court. The $250 fee is payable through an installment plan, but the conviction will not be expunged until the fee is paid in full.
Medicaid Managed Care providers are also offering some assistance in paying the fees for expungements. Recently, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass has worked out an agreement with Anthem to have easily accessible funds from Anthem pay up to $540 of expungement fees for individuals whom have Anthem Kentucky Medicaid coverage. Kentucky Humana Medicaid members can request that Humana provide reimbursement of up to $300 for felony expungement filing fees.
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass also partners with organizations, such as Goodwill Industries, to offer screenings and advice at expungement clinics throughout our service area. Goodwill Industries, as well as some other non-profit organizations, often provide financial assistance to obtain certificates of eligibility. People interested in finding out if they may qualify for an expungement can always contact Legal Aid of the Bluegrass to request assistance. It is never too late to get a fresh start, and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is working hard to remove barriers to employment for our community.
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