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  As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances.

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Just weeks after Gov. Matt Bevin confirmed he would seek to dismantle Kentucky’s health insurance exchange and roll back the state’s expanded Medicaid system, 10 hospitals in the commonwealth announced they have formed a new regional health care collaborative aimed at lowering costs.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has called a special legislative session for next month to tackle his alternative to expanded Medicaid.  

The two-year pilot program called “insure Tennessee” would provide health insurance to 200,000 Tennesseans who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Rolls Out Health Care Plan

Dec 15, 2014
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is rolling out his new program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseeans currently uninsured or who have limited options.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a round of funding for several health care and education projects in Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Illinois to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

On a media call today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said people in rural areas paid more and had less access to health care before the Affordable Care Act passed.

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Health Departments in the region are preparing to deal with a $6 million cut from state block grant funding.

An annual statewide poll shows that one-quarter of Kentucky adults are without health insurance.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. That group's President and CEO, Susan Zepeda, says an even higher number of adults in the commonwealth was without coverage for at least part of 2013.

Murray State University employees will have to wait a little longer in order to sign up for open enrollment for their health plans.

Medicaid managed care organization Kentucky Spirit has officially exited the commonwealth, leaving health officials with approximately 125,000 members to transfer to other MCOs.

The move occurred in the early morning hours Saturday after the Kentucky Court of Appeals had previously denied the state’s emergency motion for a mandatory injunction to keep Kentucky Spirit from leaving.

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health is asking citizens to complete an online survey to help officials put together a state health improvement plan.  The survey asks participants to prioritize areas where they believe more resources should be committed. 

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