89.3 WFPL http://wfpl.org Louisville's NPR® News Station Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:10:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Indiana Set to Reform Medicaid, Update Health Plan for Low-Income Residents http://wfpl.org/indiana-set-reform-medicaid-update-health-plan-low-income-residents/ http://wfpl.org/indiana-set-reform-medicaid-update-health-plan-low-income-residents/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:48:03 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30886 Indiana Set to Reform Medicaid, Update Health Plan for Low-Income Residents

Indiana has gained approval from the federal government to use an updated version of the state’s Health Indiana Plan, or HIP, instead of Medicaid. The updated version will be called HIP 2.0, and it will provide health care to 350,000 … Read Story

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Indiana has gained approval from the federal government to use an updated version of the state’s Health Indiana Plan, or HIP, instead of Medicaid.

The updated version will be called HIP 2.0, and it will provide health care to 350,000 uninsured Indiana residents.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the expansion Tuesday.

“HHS and CMS are committed to working with states to design programs uniquely their own, while maintaining essential health benefits guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act and other key consumer protections consistent with the law,” CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a released statement.

Before this expansion, the plan covered about 60,000 low-income residents.

Indiana will end traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled Hoosiers between the ages of 19 and 64 and offer HIP 2.0 to low income individuals.

The state will reform its Medicaid program by increasing reimbursement for health care providers. Taxpayers will not have to pay for HIP due to a rate negotiation between the state and the Indiana Hospital Association. The association is helping to fund HIP.

In a press release, Gov. Pence said HIP is a proven model for Medicaid reform across the nation.

“The expanded and updated HIP 2.0 is based on a program that has been serving 60,000 low income Hoosiers in our state for seven years,” he said.

Those signing up for HIP 2.0 will have to contribute to a POWER account, which is managed like a health savings account.

If participants fail to pay, they could face mandatory co-pays or lose their coverage.

Individuals who enroll in HIP 2.0 are rewarded for using preventative care. They will have a co-payment if they use the emergency room. 

Low-income residents will have the option of receiving assistance in purchasing a private-market insurance plan through their employer, called HIP Link.

The plan also refers applicants to job training and job search programs offered by the State of Indiana.

Applications for HIP 2.0 are now being accepted. Coverage will begin February 1.

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Matt Bevin, who last year launched a failed primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, has entered the Republican gubernatorial primary. Bevin, a Louisville businessman identified with the tea party movement, formally filed the needed paperwork on Tuesday with a … Read Story

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Matt Bevin, who last year launched a failed primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, has entered the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Bevin, a Louisville businessman identified with the tea party movement, formally filed the needed paperwork on Tuesday with a little more than an hour to spare before the filing deadline. His running mate is Jenean Hampton, a Bowling Green Republican also identified with the tea party.

Last year, Hampton unsuccessfully challenged longtime Democratic state Rep. Jody Richards.

In last year’s bid for the Republican Senate Nomination, Bevin’s campaign spent $5.3 million; he loaned $1.6 million to the effort, The Washington Post reported.

Bevin won 35 percent of the 2014 primary vote.

Bevin made the Republican race a little more crowded in advance of the May 19 primary election. He joins Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Louisville businessman Hal Heiner and former Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

On the Democratic side, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway will face off against retired engineer Geoff Young.

A few other late filings came in this week, most notably in the race for Secretary of State. Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she would run to be re-elected to her position. She will face Charles Lovett of Louisville in the Democratic primary. Republican Stephen Knipper will race against Michael Pitzer for the GOP nomination.

Here’s the full list of candidates for the Kentucky statewide primary elections:

Governor/ Lieutenant Governor

Jack Conway/ Sannie Overly (D)

Geoff Young/ Johnathan D. Masters* (D)

Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton (R)

James Comer/ Chris McDaniel (R)

Will T. Scott/ Rodney Coffey (R)

Hal Heiner/ KC Crosbie (R)

Attorney General

Andy Beshear (D)

Michael T. Hogan (R)

Whitney H. Westerfield (R)

State Treasurer

Neville Blakemore (D)

Jim Glenn (D)

Daniel Grossberg (D)

Richard Henderson (D)

Rick Nelson (D)

Allison Ball (R)

Kenneth Imes (R)

Jon Larson (R)

Secretary of State

Alison Lundergan Grimes (D)

Charles Lovett (D)

Stephen Knipper (R)

Michael Pitzeer (R)

State Auditor

Adam Edelen (D)

Mike Harmon (R)

Commissioner of Agriculture

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann (D)

Richard Heath (R)

Ryan Quarles (R)

Justice of the Supreme Court

John Lewis

Janet Stumbo

Sam Wright

Clarification: Young originally announced his running mate would be with Cherokee Schill, but later changed it. 

]]> http://wfpl.org/matt-bevin-running-kentucky-governor/feed/ 0 Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Audit Says Little About Sexual Harassment http://wfpl.org/kentucky-legislative-research-commission-audit-says-little-sexual-harassment/ http://wfpl.org/kentucky-legislative-research-commission-audit-says-little-sexual-harassment/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:23:41 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30871 Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Audit Says Little About Sexual Harassment

The long-anticipated performance audit of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission gives scant attention to the issue that led to the review—workplace sexual harassment. The audit, conducted by the National Council of State Legislatures, was publicly released this week, though a draft report had … Read Story

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The long-anticipated performance audit of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission gives scant attention to the issue that led to the review—workplace sexual harassment.

The audit, conducted by the National Council of State Legislatures, was publicly released this week, though a draft report had been in the hands of legislative leaders since April.

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The Legislative Research Commission, which provides staff and support to Kentucky state legislators, came under scrutiny in 2013 after three Statehouse staffers accused then-state Rep. John Arnold of sexual harassment.

The General Assembly commissioned the audit in 2013 following the accusations that the state agency had done little to protect staffers from workplace sexual harassment.

But the report says little about the accusations of sexual harassment in the LRC and the General Assembly, though it did provide a review of the LRC’s sexual harassment training practices.

The report said NCSL’s reviewers received comments that online harassment training provided by the LRC was not taken seriously.

“While upper management can determine which employees do not complete the training via electronic record keeping, people are under the impression that there are no consequences for a failure to do so,” the report stated.

The NCSL went on to recommend that harassment training for LRC staff be dovetailed with training for legislators at the beginning of each session.

The report focused mostly on other workplace issues, such as communication problems, pay equity, hiring practices and creating career paths for young employees.

“There’s no rhyme or reason to raises,” said an anonymously quoted staffer in the report.

Another staffer stated: “Unless you’re a favorite, you’re not going to get anywhere.”

The audit cost about $42,000.

Though he denied the sexual harassment accusation, Arnold resigned in 2013 and was later fined by the state legislative ethics commission. LRC executive director Robert Sherman also retired amid the controversy.

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Louisville’s Fund for the Arts is kicking off its 2015 campaign—themed #ArtIs—on Tuesday with the announcement of a an $8.3 million goal. If reached, it will be the most raised by the Fund in the last five years. The #ArtIs … Read Story

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Louisville’s Fund for the Arts is kicking off its 2015 campaign—themed #ArtIs—on Tuesday with the announcement of a an $8.3 million goal.

If reached, it will be the most raised by the Fund in the last five years.

The #ArtIs theme speaks to how art affects everyone’s lives in a different, yet equally impactful way, said Christen Boone, who enters her first annual campaign as president and chief executive of the Fund for the Arts.

“The idea is that art is different for everyone, everyone interacts with art differently and everyone has a different artform that is special to them,” Boone said.

“Everybody has their own participation in art, whether it’s listening to music, going to concerts, playing an instrument or someone who is a patron and supports the arts in lots of different ways.”

The fund gives financial support to Louisville arts community staples, including Kentucky Shakespeare, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera and the Louisville Ballet, along with awarding grants to more than 162 schools and community organizations throughout the region.

“I think that is one thing that’s important to understand is that this year we will raise over $8 million—that’s from 20,000 donors, and what that means is that there are many people that make that possible,” Boone said.

She said 14,000 people gave a dollar a day to the Fund last year.

“And those people are what makes that possible,” Boone said. “It’s really about people who give through their hearts, and they give through their paychecks—making Louisville competitive with other cities its size.”

Louisville ranks among top cities for per capita giving to the arts, resulting in a thriving arts scene entertains more than 1 million people annually, creating an economic impact of more than $259 million; it is also one of only 10 cities nationwide that can boast a resident opera, ballet, orchestra and theatre, according to a news release from the Fund.

“It makes us the kind of city in which we want to live, work, raise our children and grow our business,” Boone said.

]]> http://wfpl.org/fund-arts-launches-2015-artis-campaign-raise-8-3-million/feed/ 0 Here’s the Initial Line-Up For Forecastle Festival 2015 http://wfpl.org/heres-initial-line-forecastle-festival-2015/ http://wfpl.org/heres-initial-line-forecastle-festival-2015/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:20 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30848 Here’s the Initial Line-Up For Forecastle Festival 2015

This year, Forecastle Festival will be both familiar and new. The three-day music festival will feature Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-songwriter Sam Smith, southern rock/jam band Widespread Panic and indie stalwarts Modest Mouse, organizers announced Tuesday. In its … Read Story

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This year, Forecastle Festival will be both familiar and new.

The three-day music festival will feature Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-songwriter Sam Smith, southern rock/jam band Widespread Panic and indie stalwarts Modest Mouse, organizers announced Tuesday.

In its 13th year, Forecastle will be July 17-19 at Waterfront Park. (City, park and festival leaders announced Monday that the festival would stay at Waterfront Park at least through 2019.)

My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic have taken past turns as Forecastle headliners. For their part, Smith’s career has risen in the past couple years and Modest Mouse is releasing its first new album this year since 2007′s “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.”

Other top bill bands include Southern Indiana’s Houndmouth and Bowling Green-based Cage the Elephant. Also, the Bourbon Lodge (with all things bourbon) will return.

This is the “first wave” of line-up announcements, the festival said in a news release.  So expect more bands as the festival approaches.

Weekend passes will start at $144.50 and go on sale Friday.

Here’s the line-up announced Tuesday:

  • Sam Smith
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Widespread Panic
  • Modest Mouse
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Houndmouth
  • TWEEDY
  • Tallest Man On Earth
  • Portugal. The Man
  • RL Grime
  • First Aid Kit
  • Desaparecidos
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Big K.R.I.T.
  • The Word
  • Cold War Kids
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • Cherub
  • iLoveMakonnen
  • San Fermin
  • Kiesza
  • Over The Rhine
  • The Lone Bellow
  • People Under The Stairs
  • The Barr Brothers
  • Alvvays
  • Milo Greene
  • The SteelDrivers
  • Field Report
  • Speedy Ortiz
  • Son Lux
  • JEFF The Brotherhood
  • King Tuff
  • Noah Gundersen
  • Twin Peaks
  • Cathedrals
  • Fly Golden Eagle
  • Diarrhea Planet
  • The Revivalists
  • Empires
  • Broncho
  • White Reaper
  • Twin Limb
  • Knox Hamilton
  • Parker Millsap

Forecastle Founder J.K. McKnight said he expects attendance levels for this year’s festival to mirror those of 2013 when nearly 60,000 people entered the gate over the course of the weekend.

And McKnight said he is especially excited about acts like Lone Bellow, First Aid Kit and Cage the Elephant being on the bill this year.

“Cage the Elephant, we haven’t had them since 2009, they opened the festival then and I have the feeling that one day they may be closing it with how big they are getting,” he said.

McKnight said the agreement to keep Forecastle at the Waterfront Park through 2019 gives organizers a sense of comfort and focus.

“We’ve got the screws tied in pretty tight,” he said. “When you’re at a site and you don’t have to worry about moving the next year it allows to tighten everything up and really just make things better.”

WFPL reporter Jacob Ryan contributed to this story.

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