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Afternoon Round-Up 6/13/12

Jun 13, 2012
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Today on NPR: In 13 years of colorful, often demagogic rule, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has run his country like a game show host with daily TV appearances. Then cancer struck, forcing Chavez to scale back. Now, he has reappeared, but his countrymen are wondering just how sick Chavez is as he prepares to run for re-election in October.

Up in the Air:

Kentucky Medicaid Settles with Johnson & Johnson for $7 Million

Jun 13, 2012

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway recovered $7 million on behalf of Kentucky’s Medicaid program following a settlement with 47 companies in the Johnson & Johnson family. 

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The top Republican in the Illinois House says he’s shelving legislation to rein in ballooning government pension costs.  

Afternoon Round-Up 5/28/12

May 28, 2012

Today on NPR: Blacks, Gays And The Church: If public perceptions and pundits are to be believed, black churches are overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage. Except, it's not true.

Around the Commonwealth:

Kentucky’s new privatized Medicaid Managed Care program will be audited by the end of the year. State Auditor Adam Edelen created a Medicaid task force in February after taking a first look at the managed care system. He also gave recommendations to managed care companies, health care providers and the state on how to make the system run better in the future. But with clashes between private Medicaid companies and healthcare providers ongoiong, Edelen says he will take a stronger look into the system.

Kentucky Sues Medical Company for False Marketing

May 18, 2012

Kentucky is one of 13 states intervening in a 90-million dollar lawsuit against Healthpoint, Ltd. Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control allege that a bedsore ointment called Xenaderm is a “less than effective” drug by FDA standards, for which Medicaid coverage is illegal. 

Afternoon Round-Up 5/10/12

May 10, 2012
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Today on NPR: The residents of Windsor, Ontario, say they're being invaded by an irritating sound that's emanating from outside Detroit. It's known as the "Windsor Hum" and, with U.S. officials claiming Americans can't hear it, no one seems to know who should be in charge of shutting it up.

In the Four Rivers Region:

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.

Group Opposes Illinois Medicaid Cuts

Apr 25, 2012
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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.

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