Medicaid http://wfpl.org en ACLU Sues Indiana Over Changes in Disabled Woman's Benefits http://wfpl.org/post/aclu-sues-indiana-over-changes-disabled-womans-benefits <p>A lawsuit filed against Indiana's social services agency claims it wrongly barred a disabled woman from Medicaid waiver programs and left her without enough income to survive.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit on behalf of 27-year-old Karla </span>Steimel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.</span></p><p>Steimel has cerebral palsy and other medical needs.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:58:09 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 5808 at http://wfpl.org ACLU Sues Indiana Over Changes in Disabled Woman's Benefits Report: Kentucky Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen With Health Care Expansion http://wfpl.org/post/report-kentucky-doctor-shortage-likely-worsen-health-care-expansion <p></p><p>A technology firm hired by the state says the planned expansion of Kentucky’s Medicaid program and the push to help the uninsured get health coverage will likely worsen the state’s shortage of physicians.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:02:32 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 5506 at http://wfpl.org Report: Kentucky Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen With Health Care Expansion Democrats, Health Groups Praise Beshear's Decision to Expand Medicaid http://wfpl.org/post/democrats-health-groups-praise-beshears-decision-expand-medicaid <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">After months of deliberations, Kentucky Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> has<a href="/post/kentucky-expanding-medicaid-under-affordable-care-act-gov-steve-beshear-says"> decided to expand Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act, </a>also known as </span>Obamacare—a move that's won praise from Democrats and health advocacy groups.<br> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:13:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 5328 at http://wfpl.org Democrats, Health Groups Praise Beshear's Decision to Expand Medicaid Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears Indiana Senate Panel http://wfpl.org/post/medicaid-expansion-bill-clears-indiana-senate-panel <p></p><p>The Indiana Senate Public Health Committee is advancing a proposal to expand Medicaid using the state's health savings account plan.</p><p>The panel voted 9-3 today to request that the federal government allow Indiana to use its Healthy Indiana Plan to cover the roughly 400,000 residents who would qualify under an expansion.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure, which has the backing of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mike Pence, now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.&nbsp;&nbsp; A similar proposal has been introduced in the House.</span></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:26:15 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 3985 at http://wfpl.org Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears Indiana Senate Panel Greg Stumbo Files Bill Aimed at Speeding Up Medicaid's Late Payment Process http://wfpl.org/post/greg-stumbo-files-bill-aimed-speeding-medicaids-late-payment-process <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Greg </span>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has filed a bill to move complaints about late payments in Kentucky's Medicaid system from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the Department of Insurance.</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:09:42 +0000 Kenny Colston 3871 at http://wfpl.org Greg Stumbo Files Bill Aimed at Speeding Up Medicaid's Late Payment Process Beshear Still Weighing Medicaid Expansion; Will Make Decision Early Next Year http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-still-weighing-medicaid-expansion-will-make-decision-early-next-year <p>Gov. Steve&nbsp;Beshear&nbsp;says he'll make a decision about Medicaid expansion in Kentucky by early next year.</p><p>While many states are still deciding on the early elements of the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- Kentucky has only one decision left: whether to opt in to Medicaid expansion.</p><p>Under the health care law, the federal government will pay 100 percent of costs for three years if states expand their Medicaid rolls to 138 percent of the poverty line.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:06:42 +0000 Kenny Colston 3085 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Still Weighing Medicaid Expansion; Will Make Decision Early Next Year Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit http://wfpl.org/post/read-kentucky-spirit-lawsuit <p>Medicaid provider Kentucky Spirit has <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/kentucky-spirit-sues-officially-break-its-medicaid-contract-0">sued</a> in Franklin Circuit Court to end its contract with the state. Read the suit below.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:27:10 +0000 Joseph Lord 2120 at http://wfpl.org Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit Policy Group Uses Census Data to Encourage Medicaid Expansion http://wfpl.org/post/policy-group-uses-census-data-encourage-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>A progressive economic group says Kentucky should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act based on recently release Census data.</p><p>The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy points to data that shows the percentage of Kentuckians without insurance dropped last year based on early elements of the health care law.</p><p>The drop was mainly attributed to a large number of young adults who are staying on their parents’ insurance thanks to one of the law’s provision.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:57:56 +0000 Kenny Colston 1730 at http://wfpl.org Medicaid Open Enrollment Begins in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/medicaid-open-enrollment-begins-kentucky <p>Kentuckians on Medicaid now have the opportunity to change healthcare providers for the first time in months.</p><p>Open enrollment for all of the state except Louisville started today. It's the first time since Medicaid was privatized that residents can choose a new private operator to handle their care.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:49:47 +0000 Kenny Colston 1380 at http://wfpl.org KentuckyOne Severs Ties With Coventry Cares http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckyone-severs-ties-coventry-cares <P>KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in the state, has dropped all contracts with Medicaid managed care organization Coventry Cares.</P> <P>Coventry Cares had terminated two of its contracts with KentuckyOne Health, including one with Our Lady of Peace, which provides specialized services for high risk patients in Louisville.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, KentuckyOne spokesperson Barbara Mackovic&nbsp;&nbsp;says her organization is responding by halting all its contracts with the managed care organization.</P> <P>"KentuckyOne Leadership very strongly believes that Medicaid recipients in he Co Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:24:30 +0000 Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio 1349 at http://wfpl.org