medicaid http://wkms.org en Kentucky SHIP Navigates Medicare & Medicaid Options http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-ship-navigates-medicare-medicaid-options <p>Today on<em> Sounds Good </em>we meet Kellie Oliver, the new State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator. SHIP provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers. The program seeks to educate the public and Medicare beneficiaries so they are better able to make informed decisions on healthcare.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:34:27 +0000 Kate Lochte 40757 at http://wkms.org Kentucky SHIP Navigates Medicare & Medicaid Options Former Caregiver Charged with Reckless Homicide http://wkms.org/post/former-caregiver-charged-reckless-homicide <p>A former caregiver at a Medicaid-funded facility was charged with one count of reckless homicide by a Graves County jury.&nbsp;Alan Warner was caring for a resident at a Community Alternatives facility in Hickory, Kentucky when he allegedly failed to follow his training and improperly treated a resident who lost consciousness, eventually resulting in the resident’s death.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 12:01:51 +0000 Troy Taylor 40548 at http://wkms.org Former Caregiver Charged with Reckless Homicide Tea Party Activist Sues Kentucky Governor Over Medicaid Expansion http://wkms.org/post/tea-party-activist-sues-kentucky-governor-over-medicaid-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">Tea party activist David Adams is once again suing Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;"> over the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Adams first sued Beshear to block him from implementing a state-run health insurance exchange. That suit is pending. And now, Adams is suing to stop Beshear from expanding Medicaid.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31688 at http://wkms.org Tea Party Activist Sues Kentucky Governor Over Medicaid Expansion Murray Calloway Co. Hospital CEO Talks Financial Trouble, Job Cuts http://wkms.org/post/murray-calloway-co-hospital-ceo-talks-financial-trouble-job-cuts <p>Last week, Murray Calloway County Hospital announced the elimination of 28 jobs. MCCH CEO Jerry Penner says the cuts are results of a turbulent healthcare environment including low patient volume and declining Medicaid reimbursements. Shelly Baskin speaks with Penner about the details surrounding the cuts, and the financial trouble related to Managed Care Organizations and the Affordable Care Act.</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:21:21 +0000 Shelly Baskin 29488 at http://wkms.org Murray Calloway Co. Hospital CEO Talks Financial Trouble, Job Cuts Hospitals, Democrats See Opening for Tennessee Medicaid Expansion http://wkms.org/post/hospitals-democrats-see-opening-tennessee-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>On a day when the Republican-led state of New Jersey moved to expand it’s Medicaid program, hospitals and Democrats see an opening in Tennessee. The Tennessee Hospital Association released a poll showing a majority of residents want expansion.</p><p>Nearly 60 percent of respondents to the hospital association’s poll said the state should accept federal dollars to expand it’s health insurance program for the poor as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>THA president Craig Becker says he’s also seen a softening among state lawmakers.</p><p><em>“We started with many of our legislators back in the summertime with basically a ‘hell no.’ Now we’ve moved ourselves much closer I think where they’re willing to be open to hear what we have to say,” he said.</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:17:30 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 28605 at http://wkms.org Hospitals, Democrats See Opening for Tennessee Medicaid Expansion Hospitals Say Blocking Medicaid Expansion Would Cost 90,000 TN Jobs http://wkms.org/post/hospitals-say-blocking-medicaid-expansion-would-cost-90000-tn-jobs <p>The state’s hospitals are playing out the “what if’s” as lawmakers consider whether to expand Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul. Their study says 90,000 Tennessee jobs could be lost if the expansion does not occur.</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:09:01 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 27798 at http://wkms.org Hospitals Say Blocking Medicaid Expansion Would Cost 90,000 TN Jobs IL House Committees Pass Medicaid Expansion, Immigrant ID Measures http://wkms.org/post/il-house-committees-pass-medicaid-expansion-immigrant-id-measures <p></p><p>Two separate measures for expanding the state’s Medicaid program and allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses are ready for an Illinois House vote. The Human Services Appropriations Committee voted 9 to 5 Monday to make up to 600,00 uninsured residents eligible for Medicaid. The measure is necessary to implement the national health care law next year. The federal government would pay all costs of the new Medicaid recipients for three years starting in 2014. The Medicaid expansion would also need Senate approval. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:34:39 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26511 at http://wkms.org IL House Committees Pass Medicaid Expansion, Immigrant ID Measures IL Officials Launch Effort to Check Medicaid Eligibility http://wkms.org/post/il-officials-launch-effort-check-medicaid-eligibility <p></p><p>Illinois officials are launching an effort to ensure the only people that receive Medicaid are those eligible. The eligibility checks include an annual verification of income levels and residency of the state’s 2.7 million Medicaid clients. Virginia-based Maximus Incorporated began the work Wednesday that aims to improve the system, eliminate a backlog and make recommendations to state caseworkers. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:01:32 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26345 at http://wkms.org IL Officials Launch Effort to Check Medicaid Eligibility Medicaid Issues Leave Heavy Burden on WellCare http://wkms.org/post/medicaid-issues-leave-heavy-burden-wellcare <p><font size="2">The departure of one of three statewide Medicaid operators next year is once again raising concerns about adequate medical coverage in parts of the state. Earlier this year, coverage was one of the issues brought up between Coventry Cares, another operator, and hospital chain Appalachian Regional Healthcare in a lawsuit over contract issues. At the time, state officials pointed to the other two operators as proof of coverage. But now one of those operators, Kentucky Spirit, is leaving next July. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:00:08 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23558 at http://wkms.org Medicaid Issues Leave Heavy Burden on WellCare Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand? http://wkms.org/post/life-after-kentucky-spirit-passport-humana-ready-expand <p><font size="2">As the fallout continues from the announced departure of statewide Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit, many other Medicaid operators are already looking to take their place.<font size="2"> </font></font></p><p><font size="2">Kentucky Spirit announced last week they would break their contract with the state early. State officials say they won’t re-open those statewide contracts to replace Kentucky Spirit until the current contracts expire.<font size="2"> </font></font> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:54:55 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23469 at http://wkms.org Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand?