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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
8:20 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Lawmakers Get Medicaid Update

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State lawmakers got an update Thursday on Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in Frankfort from Lawrence Kissner, Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services.

Kissner says his department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.

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Society
12:34 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Kentucky SHIP Navigates Medicare & Medicaid Options

Today on Sounds Good we meet Kellie Oliver, the new State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator. SHIP provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers. The program seeks to educate the public and Medicare beneficiaries so they are better able to make informed decisions on healthcare.

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Government
7:01 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Former Caregiver Charged with Reckless Homicide

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A former caregiver at a Medicaid-funded facility was charged with one count of reckless homicide by a Graves County jury. Alan Warner was caring for a resident at a Community Alternatives facility in Hickory, Kentucky when he allegedly failed to follow his training and improperly treated a resident who lost consciousness, eventually resulting in the resident’s death.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Tea Party Activist Sues Kentucky Governor Over Medicaid Expansion

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  Tea party activist David Adams is once again suing Governor Steve Beshear over the Affordable Care Act. 

Adams first sued Beshear to block him from implementing a state-run health insurance exchange. That suit is pending. And now, Adams is suing to stop Beshear from expanding Medicaid.

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Business
3:21 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Murray Calloway Co. Hospital CEO Talks Financial Trouble, Job Cuts

Last week, Murray Calloway County Hospital announced the elimination of 28 jobs. MCCH CEO Jerry Penner says the cuts are results of a turbulent healthcare environment including low patient volume and declining Medicaid reimbursements. Shelly Baskin speaks with Penner about the details surrounding the cuts, and the financial trouble related to Managed Care Organizations and the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care
7:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Hospitals, Democrats See Opening for Tennessee Medicaid Expansion

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On a day when the Republican-led state of New Jersey moved to expand it’s Medicaid program, hospitals and Democrats see an opening in Tennessee. The Tennessee Hospital Association released a poll showing a majority of residents want expansion.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents to the hospital association’s poll said the state should accept federal dollars to expand it’s health insurance program for the poor as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.

THA president Craig Becker says he’s also seen a softening among state lawmakers.

“We started with many of our legislators back in the summertime with basically a ‘hell no.’ Now we’ve moved ourselves much closer I think where they’re willing to be open to hear what we have to say,” he said.

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2013 TN General Assembly
4:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Hospitals Say Blocking Medicaid Expansion Would Cost 90,000 TN Jobs

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The state’s hospitals are playing out the “what if’s” as lawmakers consider whether to expand Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul. Their study says 90,000 Tennessee jobs could be lost if the expansion does not occur.

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Politics
7:34 am
Tue January 8, 2013

IL House Committees Pass Medicaid Expansion, Immigrant ID Measures

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Two separate measures for expanding the state’s Medicaid program and allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses are ready for an Illinois House vote. The Human Services Appropriations Committee voted 9 to 5 Monday to make up to 600,00 uninsured residents eligible for Medicaid. The measure is necessary to implement the national health care law next year. The federal government would pay all costs of the new Medicaid recipients for three years starting in 2014. The Medicaid expansion would also need Senate approval.

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Government
8:01 am
Thu January 3, 2013

IL Officials Launch Effort to Check Medicaid Eligibility

Illinois officials are launching an effort to ensure the only people that receive Medicaid are those eligible. The eligibility checks include an annual verification of income levels and residency of the state’s 2.7 million Medicaid clients. Virginia-based Maximus Incorporated began the work Wednesday that aims to improve the system, eliminate a backlog and make recommendations to state caseworkers.

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