Lisa Gillespie (KPR)

WFPL Reporter

Lisa Gillespie is WFPL's Health and Innovation Reporter. Most recently, she was a reporter for Kaiser Health News. During her career, Gillespie has covered all things health — from Medicaid and Medicare payment policy and rural hospital closures to science funding and the dietary supplement market.

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  There are a lot of decisions that pregnant women addicted to opioids face.

They have to decide to get clean, for one. And they have to decide how to do it. But in Kentucky and across most of the country, the choice of treatment methods isn’t just about what’s best for the mother and her unborn baby.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday that he is working with attorneys general from across the country to investigate whether drug manufacturers contributed to the opioid epidemic “by illegally marketing and selling opioids,” according to his office.

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Republican Senator Rand Paul is slamming the effort by his Kentucky colleague, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Paul said he won’t know how he will vote until the bill is released to legislators later this week.

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Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth is asking the federal Department of Health and Human Services for an update on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s Medicaid expansion changes.

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Three Kentucky residents are suing Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear, claiming the state’s prohibition of medical marijuana is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Franklin Circuit Court. The suit relies on arguments that haven’t been successful in other states, but the plaintiffs are hoping Kentucky will be different.

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More than 67,000 seniors in Kentucky are receiving letters this month advertising prescription drug and medical care savings programs from the Social Security Administration. And while financial fraud targeting older Americans is growing – it costs around $2.9 billion a year – these letters are the real deal.

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There’s been a big demand for primary care doctors in the past 10 years, and that need will only grow over the next decade. That’s according to new findings from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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  An Obama-era program to change how small businesses insure their employees will be majorly scaled back.

On Monday, President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would gut the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, SHOP created an insurance marketplace for small businesses that is similar to Healthcare.gov. And while SHOP was never a very popular program that had its own troubles, it ended up spurring private insurers to make changes to the way they provide insurance to small businesses.

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If you’ve got Medicare insurance, you probably already know this. But if you don’t, you need to know this: It won’t be a relief from high health care costs.

That’s according to a new study out from the Commonwealth Fund.

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Federal lawmakers are moving ahead with a new approach to health care that includes changing the way insurers cover pre-existing health conditions.

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