Kentucky Medicaid

Science
12:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Kentucky's Child Medicaid Recipients Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs at Double the National Rate

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Kentucky children who receive Medicaid are prescribed medications to treat mental illness and behavioral issues at double the rate of the national average, according to research from the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit at the University of Louisville.

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Government
2:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Kentucky Settles $31 Million Medicaid Fraud Case with Pharmaceutical Company

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Multiple states, including Kentucky, have reached a $31 million settlement with drug manufacturer Organon following allegations of several infractions.

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Government
4:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Beshear: Managed Care Initiative Running Smoothly

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Gov. Steve Beshear says the Medicaid managed care system is running smoothly, with payments being processed quickly and fewer complaints.

Beshear said Thursday that managed care, now in its second year statewide, is saving tax dollars while also helping to improve the health of Medicaid recipients by emphasizing prevention and wellness.

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Healthcare
4:02 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

State Officials Hope To Ease Data Flow, Cut Emergency Care, Save Tax Dollars

By better communication of electronic health records, state officials hope to lower traffic at emergency rooms and save millions of dollars.  The initiative is aimed at patients known as ‘super utilizers.’

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KYnect
3:48 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

3.1 Million Page Views On kynect In First Week

Nearly 7,000 Kentuckians and families now have affordable health insurance thanks to the state’s online health exchange Kynect. 

The Governor’s office reports that more than 175,000 people have clicked on the web site since its launch October 1st and more than 3.1 million webpages have been visited.

More than 155,000 people conducted prescreenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid. More than 22,000 applications for health care coverage have been started and nearly 15,000 have been completed.  The report also states that 209 small businesses have started applications to provide health insurance for employees.  

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Politics
4:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

'Grannies for Grimes' Initiative Seeks Senior Vote

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she's dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."

Grimes' 83-year-old grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular at campaign appearances.

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Government
5:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

State Auditor: Kentucky Isn't Ready for Expanded Medicaid Coverage

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Kentucky’s State Auditor Adam Edelen is concerned about the Commonwealth’s ability support an added 300,000 resident’s to its Medicaid program. Expanded Medicaid coverage next year comes as part of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Judge Rules Against Medicaid Provider

A judge has ordered Kentucky Spirit to pay for preventative care that local health departments across the state provide to school children.

The Courier-Journal reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the ruling Tuesday.

The Medicaid-managed care provider stopped paying for such services last summer, saying it wasn't obligated to cover the care under its contract with the state.

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Government
4:18 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Doctor Shortage to Worsen Under Medicaid Expansion

A consulting firm says the planned expansion of Kentucky's Medicaid program coupled with a push to help the uninsured obtain health coverage will worsen the state's physician shortage.

Deloitte Consulting is helping to set up the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced earlier this month that he will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover an additional 300,000 people, most of them the working poor without coverage.

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Health Care
3:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Democrats, Health Groups Praise Beshear's Decision to Expand Medicaid

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After months of deliberations, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has decided to expand Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare — a move that's won praise from Democrats and health advocacy groups.

Beshear said Thursday that expansion benefits Kentucky in many ways.

"This move makes sense not only for our health but also for our pocketbook. More important it makes sense for our future," he says.

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