United Healthcare http://wfpl.org en Next Step for Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange: Picking a Model Plan http://wfpl.org/post/next-step-kentuckys-health-insurance-exchange-picking-model-plan <p>The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month.</p><p>The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up exchanges in which residents can compare and purchase health plans. Governor Steve Beshear choose to set up the state exchange earlier this year, rather than let the federal government operate the system.</p><p>So far, Beshear has created a new state office to house the exchange and he's named an executive director.&nbsp;</p><p>And by the end of this month,&nbsp;the state must choose an existing health plan that will be the benchmark for the exchange. To be listed on the exchange, all other health plans will have to provide similar or better service than the benchmark.</p><p>Each plan must cover essential care items including: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 15:59:59 +0000 Kenny Colston 1542 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Seeking Private Medicaid Operators for Louisville Region http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-seeking-private-medicaid-operators-louisville-region <p>The process of opening the Louisville area to Medicaid competition is underway.</p><p>Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in the area for 15 years, but the state has been ordered by the federal government to allow at least one more private operator to do business in the region.</p><p>Passport officials say they will bid for the contract and requests were sent to other potential bidders this week.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 737 at http://wfpl.org State Will Open Louisville Area to Medicaid Competition, Burch Pushes for Delay http://wfpl.org/post/state-will-open-louisville-area-medicaid-competition-burch-pushes-delay <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">A Kentucky lawmaker says implementation of a federal mandate to allow private companies to compete for Medicaid contracts in Louisville could be delayed.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 19:22:51 +0000 Kenny Colston 460 at http://wfpl.org Outside Medicaid Managed Care Company Attempting to Gain Foothold in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/outside-medicaid-managed-care-company-attempting-gain-foothold-louisville-0 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>State officials have not yet given private Medicaid operators permission to do business in the Louisville area, but that hasn&#39;t stopped one company from trying to make inroads.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 370 at http://wfpl.org