Cabinet for Health and Family Services http://wfpl.org en Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel Requesting $420,000 To Meet Goals http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-child-abuse-panel-requesting-420000-meet-goals <p>An independent Kentucky panel in charge of reviewing child abuse cases is requesting $420,000 from the state’s budget to perform its duties.</p><p>The Child Fatality and Near Fatality&nbsp;Review Panel was created following criticism of accountability and transparency in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which deals with child abuse cases.</p><p>The panel—which consists of volunteer professionals ranging from law enforcement to child advocates—has reviewed dozens of cases, but the workload is heavy, says panel chair and retired judge Roger Crittenden.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:41:15 +0000 Devin Katayama 7443 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel Requesting $420,000 To Meet Goals Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians http://wfpl.org/post/food-stamp-benefits-decrease-nearly-870000-kentuckians <p>Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits as federal recovery dollars dry up.</p><p>As of next month, eligible Kentucky households will experience&nbsp;on average&nbsp;a 5.5 percent reduction in food stamps.</p><p>The effects on those families ranges from about $20 to $36 per month, depending upon household size, said Mark&nbsp;Cornett, deputy commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 7323 at http://wfpl.org Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy http://wfpl.org/post/three-months-after-cuts-nearly-19-percent-fewer-kids-using-kentuckys-child-care-subsidy <p>Kentucky&#39;s child care subsidy program for low-income working families has 18.6 percent fewer children participants than a year ago.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 10:49:57 +0000 Joseph Lord 7133 at http://wfpl.org Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds http://wfpl.org/post/childrens-advocates-rally-restoration-kentucky-child-care-kinship-program-funds <p>People who are losing eligibility for a pair of Kentucky programs for families will be the featured speakers as children's advocates rally Monday in Frankfort against state budget cuts.</p><p>They'll be asking state leaders to restore funding to the kinship care program and the Child Care Assistance Program, which were drastically cut this year because of an <a href="/post/drastic-cuts-kentucky-child-care-assistance-leave-low-income-families-few-options">$86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.</a></p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:17:09 +0000 Joseph Lord 6496 at http://wfpl.org Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds 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 Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand? http://wfpl.org/post/life-after-kentucky-spirit-passport-humana-ready-expand <p>As the fallout continues from the announced departure of statewide Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit, many other Medicaid operators are already looking to take their place.</p><p>Kentucky Spirit announced last week they would break their contract with the state early. State officials say they won’t re-open those statewide contracts to replace Kentucky Spirit until the current contracts expire.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 2071 at http://wfpl.org Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to Break Contract, Beshear says He's Disappointed http://wfpl.org/post/medicaid-operator-kentucky-spirit-plans-break-contract-beshear-says-hes-disappointed <p>Governor Steve Beshear says he’s disappointed that one statewide Medicaid operator has announced it is leaving the state.</p><p>Kentucky Spirit, part of Centene Corporation from Missouri, announced today that they would terminate their operations next July, before their contract is up.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:58:34 +0000 Kenny Colston 2047 at http://wfpl.org Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to Break Contract, Beshear says He's Disappointed Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System http://wfpl.org/post/managed-care-official-criticizes-kentuckys-approach-medicaid-system <p>The CEO of a major Medicaid managed care company (MCO) is criticizing Kentucky for the way the state deals with businesses like his.</p><p>Michael Neidorff is the CEO of Centene, which operates Kentucky Spirit, one of three statewide MCOs that has managed Medicaid patients for the state since last year.</p><p>In a recent call with Wall Street investors, Neidorff criticized Kentucky officials and the mindset they have about what managed care can do for the state.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:13:17 +0000 Kenny Colston 1772 at http://wfpl.org Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System 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