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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.

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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
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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.

A Benton optometrist says he wants to make health insurance plans more accessible and more understandable for small businesses.  Dr. Joe Ellis of EyeCare Associates of Kentucky is among 19 appointees to the state’s new Health Exchange Board. Governor Steve Beshear established the board to review policies and make recommendations for Kentucky’s state-run health insurance exchange.

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Governor Steve Beshear has decide to expand the board of the new health insurance exchange, while also naming those members today.

The now-19 member board includes top level officials from Kentucky’s major insurers, including Anthem, Humana and Bluegrass Family Health.

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The Hobby Lobby retail chain has filed suit against the federal government over a provision of the new healthcare law that requires companies to provide coverage for the morning after pill. Company founders say they base their business on biblical principles and maintain the Obama administration shouldn't be able to force them to provide coverage that "violates their own faith."

Counties Footing the Bill for Increased Autopsy Costs

Sep 10, 2012
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The continued vacancy at western Kentucky’s medical examiner office has increased transportation costs for coroners. The state has four medical examiner offices and the one in Madisonville has been vacant for close to a year. Chief Medical Examiner Tracey Corey says finding a board certified ME is difficult because of pay disparity. The state recently raised its salary range to up to $154,00 to attract more applicants.

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