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Local News
4:46 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Kentucky Pilot Program Paroles Inmates to Nursing Homes

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Kentucky is looking at a plan that would parole some ill prison inmates to nursing homes as a way to defer the cost of caring for them, the Associated Press reports.

The General Assembly OKed the pilot program. The AP story focuses on a nursing care program at the Kentucky State Reformatory that costs the state $4.4 million annually. The state spends $132 more per ill inmate than on average inmates—and the population of older inmates in increasing, the AP added.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act

  A vast majority of Kentuckians who have signed up for healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act are going to be insured for the first time in their lives.

More than 370,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage under the state’s insurance exchange, KyNect. The Governor’s Office reports that the number of enrollees “surged” in the days before the March 31st open enrollment deadline, with about 12,000 signing up for coverage on the deadline.

Here are the key numbers:

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Investigations
11:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package

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At Kindred Healthcare Inc., retirement gifts have gone way beyond the farewell cake, the cheap wristwatch and the sendoff reception at the local sports bar.

Last December the Louisville-based hospital and nursing home chain announced that its chairman, Edward Kuntz, would be quitting the board of directors after its annual shareholders meeting in May. Kuntz is 68 and has been chairman since 1999. Until 2004, he was also the company’s chief executive. “

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Local News
10:20 am
Sat March 1, 2014

KentuckyOne Health Lays Off 500, Cuts 200 Vacant Jobs

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Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health has laid off about 500 employees and cut 200 vacant positions in an effort to address a $218-million budget deficit.

In a video posted Friday to employees, KentuckyOne chief executive Ruth Brinkley confirmed the layoffs and said the laid-off employees would be given priority consideration for jobs in the system.

In January, KentuckyOne said it needed to make up $218-million by the end of its 2015 fiscal year. 

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Local News
6:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Kentucky's Kynect Health Exchange Tops 200,000 Enrollees

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Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office.

New data says an average 1,600 people are signing up each day.

As of Friday, three-fourths of those who have signed up have enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program. And the remaining quarter have enrolled in new private plans.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Talks on Kosair Children's Hospital Breakdown

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Remember the dispute between the University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare over the operation of Kosair Children's Hospital? 

It appears the matter is going court.

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Education
6:04 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Greater Clark Schools Officials Hope New Employee Medical Clinic Will Save Money

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Greater Clark County Schools teachers and staff can now visit a new medical clinic for their basic healthcare needs.

Officials say they hope the new clinic will save the district as much as $1 million in healthcare costs this year, while also having the potential to lower insurance premium costs for employees in the future.

The idea was Tom Dykiel's, chief financial officer for GCCS. He says began exploring the concept of a school district medical clinic while at his former district in northwest Indiana.

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Local News
6:58 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Survey: Employer Health Insurance Coverage Rising in Kentucky

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A two-year decline in the number of working-age Kentuckians who get health insurance from employers reversed in late 2013, according to survey results released Monday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The survey was done before the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and is meant to give a "baseline" for how Kentuckians are getting health insurance, so it can be compared to future years, said Susan Zepeda, president of the Foundation for a Health Kentucky.

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Local News
10:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange Has 116,000 Enrollees

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More than 116,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The Governor’s Office reports that enrollments through the state’s health exchange, KYnect (Connect), are up 93 percent since Thanksgiving. The exchange has averaged about thirteen-hundred new enrollees per day since it launched on Oct. 1.

About 1 in 4 enrollees have signed up for new private plans, with the rest joining Medicaid as a result of that program’s expansion.

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Local News
3:02 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

A Deadline Looms to Sign Up for Kentucky Health Exchange

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Kentuckians will have until midnight Tuesday to sign up for a new health care policy through Kynect, the state’s health insurance exchange, in order for the policy to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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