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Weeks after their announced departure from Kentucky’s Medicaid managed care system, operator Kentucky Spirit and the state are still locked in a legal battle.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam won't create a state-run health insurance exchange, leaving the operation to the federal government. Haslam announced his decision during a speech today.

The Republican governor had until Friday to decide. He says the federal government has not provided enough information.

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A new partnership being launched in Tennessee is seeking to curb complications during birth. “Healthy Tennessee Babies are Worth the Wait” is an effort by the Tennessee Department of Health, March of Dimes, Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care and Tennessee Hospital Association.

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.

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.

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Governor Steve Beshear says he’s disappointed that one statewide Medicaid operator has announced it is leaving the state.

Kentucky Spirit, part of Centene Corporation from Missouri, announced today that they would terminate their operations next July, before their contract is up.

A statewide health organization is planning a five-year, three million dollar grant program to help reduce chronic diseases in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky wants to help up to ten communities fight the spread of chronic diseases in young people.

Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky is on track to meet federal deadlines to create and manage its own health exchange, as mandated by the new health care reform law. That's despite heated debate inside the joint Health and Welfare committee last month over the legality of the governor's executive order creating the exchange.

Land Donated for Hospice House

Sep 28, 2012
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Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare has accepted a land donation for its Residential Hospice House project. Kenneth Owen donated five acres on KY 94 west of Murray. The hospice house will expand Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s end-of-life services.

Dukes Selected Senior VP of Trover Health System

Sep 27, 2012

Trover Health System has promoted Timothy Dukes to Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Trover President and CEO E. Berton Whitaker says Dukes will oversee the hospital’s day-to-day operations.

As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry.

Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple says at least 25 percent of uninsured Americans have behavioral issues that need attention. And once the Affordable Care Act takes effect, he's expecting to see a flood of newly-insured patients seeking treatments.