Kenny Colston

Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is based in the state capitol and files pieces for public radio stations across the commonwealth. Before joining KPR in 2012, he covered state government for Insight CN2. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kenny was a four-year staff member of the Kentucky Kernel, serving as editor-in-chief in his last year. 

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Consumer Advocates Worry New Medicaid Operators in Louisville Region Will Cause Problems

The Louisville Medicaid region will now be home to four different managed care operators. State officials announced the change today.

Joining Passport Health Plan is Humana, CoventryCares and WellCare.

WellCare and Coventry already have statewide contracts for Medicaid and Passport has operated in Louisville for years.

Passport officials say they will still try to continue maintain their high level of care, despite no longer holding an exclusive contract for the region. 

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Politics
3:03 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Humana, Passport Join Two Others as New Louisville Medicaid Operators

After decades of having one company oversee Medicaid, the Louisville area will now have four private Medicaid providers.

The Louisville area was the first part of the state to have Medicaid privatized, and Passport Health Plan has administered the program ever since.

But the rest of the state has since been privatized, and multiple operators compete for patients across the commonwealth.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced today that Passport will now have competition from CoventryCares, WellCare and Humana.

Politics
4:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Chooses Anthem Plan as Benchmark for Insurance Exchange

State officials have chosen the new benchmark program for the Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange.

Officials have recommended the state’s so-called small group plan, provided by Anthem, as the benchmark. All other plans offered in the exchange must provide similar or better care.

The state says the plan is affordable and broad enough to adequately provide for Kentuckians.

But consumer advocates haven't yet decided to endorse the state's decision.

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Local News
4:17 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Christian Healthcare Supporters Rally In Wake of Judge's Ruling

A judge’s order blocking a Christian health sharing group from doing business in Kentucky has rallied supporters.

This week, Judge Thomas Wingate ordered Christian Care Medishare to stop operating in the commonwealth immediately as part of an on-going legal battle between Medishare and the state. Christian members of Medishare pay into an account that can be used to pay other members' medical bills. And the state says the organization must follow the same rules as insurance companies.

But Medishare's supporters want to move the fight to the state legislature.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

If Beshear Appoints Williams to Judgeship, Stivers Will Likely Lead Senate

Williams and Stivers

Kentucky Senate Republicans have established a succession plan in the case their current leader, David Williams, is appointed into an open judgeship in his district. 

Williams is considered a leading candidate for the open circuit court judgeship that covers his home county.

Governor Steve Beshear, Williams’s main enemy in Frankfort, has the final say over who is appointed to finish the two year term. And Beshear hasn’t ruled out appointing Williams if his name shows up on the nomination list. 

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Politics
11:43 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Rand Paul Joins "Skewed Polls" Bandwagon, But Says Romney Needs Strong Debate Performances

Senator Rand Paul has joined many of his fellow Republicans in doubting the accuracy of polls in this year’s presidential race.

In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has seen his lead widen significantly in two battleground states that border Kentucky: Ohio and Virginia. Obama's lead is also widening in national polls and in other battleground states.

In response, Republicans have dismissed the polls, saying they aren’t accurately reflecting changes in the country’s voting blocs since 2008.

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Politics
10:03 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Rand Paul Looking Forward to Daily Show Appearance

Rand Paul will once again visit the set of Comedy Central’s 'The Daily Show' tonight.

Paul will tape an interview with the satirical news show to promote his new book, Government Bullies. And while politicians are often the butt of jokes on the program, Paul is looking forward to a good time.

“I expect to be hilariously funny, and sarcastic and witty. We’ll see how it goes," he says. "I don’t know. He was a good interview last time I was on. He treats it as an opportunity to have a little discussion.”

Politics
4:35 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Tax Commission Gets Final Reports as Deadline Draws Near

Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has spent months learning how the state’s tax system works, and is now beginning to hammer out proposals to reform the state’s tax code.

The commission met again today in Frankfort to hear some final reports from the Beshear administration on how Kentucky’s current revenue systems work.

State representative and commission member Jim Wayne says the reports served as another reminder of how far behind Kentucky has fallen.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Senator Rand Paul Says Entitlements, Not Taxes, Are Key to Balancing Budget

U.S. Senate

Since taking office, Senator Rand Paul has constantly talked about reducing the national debt. 

It's also an issue that Congress seemingly discusses for every spending bill, large or small. The economy hasn't escaped this year's presidential race either, with President Barack Obama continuing to champion a plan that includes increased taxes on the wealthy to help pay down some debt. 

But in a speech to the Horse Cave Rotary Club, Paul pushed back on that idea. Paul argued doing so would hurt private enterprise, which he said helps fund public works the government does.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Lawmaker Hopes to Allow Schools to Stock EpiPens

A Kentucky state lawmaker wants to expand EpiPen use in schools.

EpiPens are used to stop the effects of allergic reactions, and currently, state law only allows students with allergies to carry the devices.

“Some children are not aware a particular allergy and the place that it occurs for the very first time is there in the cafeteria setting or in school," says Representative Addia Wuchner, who will again file a bill that would allow schools to carry EpiPens for general use.

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