Insurance http://wkms.org en Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services http://wkms.org/post/those-seeking-pastoral-counseling-kentucky-can-now-bill-insurance-companies-services <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Third Baptist Church of Owensboro is where Joe Bob Pierce provides faith-based mental health counseling for clients. " data-attribution="Credit Third Baptist of Owensboro" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wkyu/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/ThirdBaptistOwensboro.jpg" alt="" /><p>A new law that went into effect this week in Kentucky is changing the way the state views faith-based mental health counselors. Kentucky is now licensing such counselors, which means their services will be covered by insurance policies.<p>One of the faith-based counselors impacted by the new law is Joe Bob Pierce, who works with Cornerstone Counseling in Owensboro. He says the change in state law could encourage potential clients who might have been put off by having to foot the entire bill.<p>“Clients that otherwise might have to pay out-of-pocket to see a pastoral counselor now will be provided a bit of subsidy, or help, or in some cases their entire fee for counseling will be handled by the insurance company.”<p>Pierce’s counseling service is located inside Third Baptist Church in Owensboro. He says while many of his clients are deeply rooted in traditional Baptist beliefs, he has also counseled individuals who don’t claim any religious affiliation.<p>He says his clients are interested in receiving help from someone who will take into account the spiritual aspects of their lives,<p>“It may not necessarily be a dimension that is religious in terms of being attached to a particular faith. But I think it’s very much a part of our make-up as people.”<p>To be licensed by the state, pastoral counselors must have a master’s degree in the field and meet the same qualifications as other licensed counselors. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:01:12 +0000 Kevin Willis 42162 at http://wkms.org Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services Paducah Receives Insurance Money from Embezzlement Claim http://wkms.org/post/paducah-receives-insurance-money-embezzlement-claim <p>The city of Paducah has received over $60,000 dollars from an insurance claim on the embezzlement of more the $230,000 dollars from its convention and expo centers.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:18:11 +0000 Gary Pitts 18649 at http://wkms.org Paducah Receives Insurance Money from Embezzlement Claim Christian Healthcare Organization Butts Heads with Frankfort http://wkms.org/post/christian-healthcare-organization-butts-heads-frankfort <p>A decades-long court fight between a Christian health organization and the Kentucky state government is drawing the ire of some Tea Party activists.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:59:25 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 18423 at http://wkms.org Christian Healthcare Organization Butts Heads with Frankfort Study: Many Tennesseans Can't Afford Doctor Visits http://wkms.org/post/study-many-tennesseans-cant-afford-doctor-visits <p>A recent study shows a large percentage of Tennesseans didn&#39;t see a doctor over the last decade because they couldn&#39;t afford to. Wed, 09 May 2012 19:52:38 +0000 Chad Lampe & Associated Press 17912 at http://wkms.org Study: Many Tennesseans Can't Afford Doctor Visits