From the Capitol
3:41 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Denton Says Lawmakers Will Remove CoventryCares From Medicaid System if Tough Bargaining Continues

Kentucky Senator Julie Denton says the state's largest private Medicaid company is underpaying and threatening healthcare providers, and she says lawmakers may kick the company out of the state Medicaid system if the behavior persists.

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Health and Welfare
3:39 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Group Opposes Illinois Medicaid Cuts

Another advocacy group is using potential job losses to oppose Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to cut Medicaid. The Responsible Budget Coalitions says the state would lose almost 38,000 jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity related to health care. The coalition includes advocates for retirees, housing and other services. Quinn wants to cut Medicaid spending by about $2 billion dollars, but Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability says it won't save that much because spending less means the state gets less in federal matching funds.

8:56 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Liberal groups lash Illinois governor on Medicaid

A national liberal advocacy group is criticizing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's proposed solution to the state's Medicaid crisis.  Families USA is issuing a report Wednesday estimating job losses of more than 25,000 if Illinois cuts Medicaid spending by 2 point 7 billion dollars.  That's a reaction to Governor Quinn's call for the Legislature to stop pushing unpaid Medicaid bills into future years.

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Drug Cuts
8:12 am
Mon March 26, 2012

IL Considers Drug Cuts

Illinois lawmakers looking for ways to cut expenses in the state’s Medicaid program may consider the big-ticket cost of prescription drugs as a tempting target. Prescriptions cost the Illinois Medicaid program more than $1 billion a year. Medicaid covers drugs for a wide variety of illnesses, from asthma to schizophrenia, for the poor and disabled. Legislators are looking at other states for ideas. Tennessee, for example, limits adults to five prescriptions each month.

3:30 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Storm Victims Eligible for State Medicaid Aid

Kentuckians displaced by recent storms who receive Medicaid benefits can receive up to a 30 day supply of their medicines with co-pays waived. Governor Beshear issued the first-ever executive order of this kind, which also allows residents of counties that were declared in a state of emergency to receive emergency refills. The order does not allow for emergency refills of controlled substances.

7:24 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Feds Approve Illinois Medicaid Fraud Check

Afternoon Update
4:27 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 2/29/12

Bad Weather

Damage from early morning storms is widespread from Ballard County, KY to Harrisburg Illinois, and another bout of bad weather is on the way

Historians and genealogists now have digitized Confederate Army Pension Applications to comb through to aid their research. The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives have them all available online.

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Afternoon Update
4:51 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 2/20/12

The Hickman Fulton County Riverport Director Greg Curlin says the Army Corps of Engineers told him earlier this month that $1.9 million dollars in disaster relief money would be used for a one-time dredging at the riverport.



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2012 General Assembly
3:15 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

House Speaker Pushes Fraud Bill

A bill that would allow Kentucky to collect money from Medicaid fraud busts has again been introduced in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed the bill, which would also protect and possibly reward whistle blowers who report fraud in Medicaid or any other areas of state government.

Stumbo says the bill is needed to help Kentucky get money that usually ends up in federal coffers.

It s a choice of revenues, state or federal, the states that don t have a state law don t have the option to get any of that forfeiture money or penalty money, Stumbo says.

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