Kentucky Medicaid http://wkms.org en Beshear: Managed Care Initiative Running Smoothly http://wkms.org/post/beshear-managed-care-initiative-running-smoothly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the Medicaid managed care system is running smoothly, with payments being processed quickly and fewer complaints.</span></p><p>Beshear said Thursday that managed care, now in its second year statewide, is saving tax dollars while also helping to improve the health of Medicaid recipients by emphasizing prevention and wellness.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:48:47 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 36018 at http://wkms.org Beshear: Managed Care Initiative Running Smoothly State Officials Hope To Ease Data Flow, Cut Emergency Care, Save Tax Dollars http://wkms.org/post/state-officials-hope-ease-data-flow-cut-emergency-care-save-tax-dollars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By better communication of electronic health records, state officials hope to lower traffic at emergency rooms and save millions of dollars.&nbsp; The initiative is aimed at patients known as &lsquo;super </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">utilizers.&rsquo;</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:02:41 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 35780 at http://wkms.org State Officials Hope To Ease Data Flow, Cut Emergency Care, Save Tax Dollars 3.1 Million Page Views On kynect In First Week http://wkms.org/post/31-million-page-views-kynect-first-week <p>Nearly 7,000 Kentuckians and families now have affordable health insurance thanks to the state&rsquo;s online health exchange Kynect.&nbsp;</p><p>The Governor&rsquo;s office reports that more than 175,000 people have clicked on the web site since its launch October 1st and more than 3.1 million webpages have been visited.</p><p>More than 155,000 people conducted prescreenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 22,000 applications for health care coverage have been started and nearly 15,000 have been completed.&nbsp; The report also states that 209 small businesses have started applications to provide health insurance for employees. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Rob Canning 35521 at http://wkms.org 3.1 Million Page Views On kynect In First Week 'Grannies for Grimes' Initiative Seeks Senior Vote http://wkms.org/post/grannies-grimes-initiative-seeks-senior-vote <p>Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she's dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."</p><p>Grimes' 83-year-old grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular at campaign appearances.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:10:45 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 34004 at http://wkms.org 'Grannies for Grimes' Initiative Seeks Senior Vote State Auditor: Kentucky Isn't Ready for Expanded Medicaid Coverage http://wkms.org/post/state-auditor-kentucky-isnt-ready-expanded-medicaid-coverage <p>Kentucky’s State Auditor Adam Edelen is concerned about the Commonwealth’s ability support an added 300,000 resident’s to its Medicaid program. Expanded Medicaid coverage next year comes as part of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:16:31 +0000 Chad Lampe 33586 at http://wkms.org State Auditor: Kentucky Isn't Ready for Expanded Medicaid Coverage Judge Rules Against Medicaid Provider http://wkms.org/post/judge-rules-against-medicaid-provider <p></p><p>A judge has ordered Kentucky Spirit to pay for preventative care that local health departments across the state provide to school children.</p><p>The Courier-Journal reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the ruling Tuesday.</p><p>The Medicaid-managed care provider stopped paying for such services last summer, saying it wasn't obligated to cover the care under its contract with the state.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 21:20:53 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 31808 at http://wkms.org Judge Rules Against Medicaid Provider Doctor Shortage to Worsen Under Medicaid Expansion http://wkms.org/post/doctor-shortage-worsen-under-medicaid-expansion <p>A consulting firm says the planned expansion of Kentucky's Medicaid program coupled with a push to help the uninsured obtain health coverage will worsen the state's physician shortage.</p><p>Deloitte Consulting is helping to set up the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear announced earlier this month that he will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover an additional 300,000 people, most of them the working poor without coverage.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 21:18:41 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 31732 at http://wkms.org Doctor Shortage to Worsen Under Medicaid Expansion Democrats, Health Groups Praise Beshear's Decision to Expand Medicaid http://wkms.org/post/democrats-health-groups-praise-beshears-decision-expand-medicaid <p></p><p>After months of deliberations, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has&nbsp;decided to expand Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act,&nbsp;also known as Obamacare — a move that's won praise from Democrats and health advocacy groups.<br><br>Beshear said <span data-term="goog_1887721118" tabindex="0">Thursday</span> that expansion benefits Kentucky in many ways.<br><br><em>"This move makes sense not only for our health but also for our pocketbook. More important it makes sense for our future," he says.</em> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:20:54 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31589 at http://wkms.org Democrats, Health Groups Praise Beshear's Decision to Expand Medicaid Group Pushes for Medicaid Expansion http://wkms.org/post/group-pushes-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">A leading health organization in Kentucky is putting the pressure on Gov. Steve Beshear to expand Medicaid services under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Kentucky Voices for Health Executive Director Regan Hunt says her group is launching a two-week radio ad campaign pressure&nbsp;Beshear to&nbsp;<span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:none">expand Medicaid.</span>&nbsp;The radio ad campaign will be partnered with a month long online ad campaign.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px"> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:39:19 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31158 at http://wkms.org Group Pushes for Medicaid Expansion House Passes Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill 99-0 http://wkms.org/post/house-passes-medicaid-prompt-pay-bill-99-0 <p></p><p>A bill moving Medicaid managed care late payments to the Department of Insurance's review process has overwhelmingly passed the state House. The measure passed on a unanimous vote of 99-0.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the bill sponsor and says his goal is to make sure health care providers start getting paid by Medicaid managed care organizations, which has been a problem since the MCO system was implemented.</p><p></p><p><em>"Because if claims are in fact being withheld unfairly, this will remedy that," Stumbo said. "If claims are being changed as far as the criteria goes in the claims process after they've been submitted this will change that."</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:52:08 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28673 at http://wkms.org House Passes Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill 99-0