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5:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Humana Fined $65,000 Following Letters Related To Affordable Care Act

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Insurance have fined Humana $65,000 after investigating complaints about a letter the company sent to policyholders.

In August, letters were sent to over 6,000 members, saying they had 30 days to renew their plans for 2014, or they would have to choose a more expensive option that complies with the Affordable Care Act.

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2:37 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Confused by Medicaid Changes in Louisville? Group Sets up Meetings to Offer Answers

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As Kentucky moves to a new Medicaid arraignment in the Louisville region, the publisher of the Louisville-based Medical News is organizing community meetings to help Medicaid recipients avoid confusion about the changes.

For more than a decade, Passport was the exclusive managed care operator for the region. But, starting in January, the Louisville Medicaid region will be served by four managed care operators: Passport, Humana CareSource , WellCare and Coventry Cares.

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11:11 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Passport Files Formal Complaint over Louisville Medicaid Contracts

Kentucky officials are once again facing the prospect of lawsuits over efforts to expand managed health care within  Medicaid. 

This time, it's Passport Health Plan that is threatening to sue, based on what they call broken rules and promises made to them. 

(Read the letter here.)

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8:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand?

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.

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.

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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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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.

11:59 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Next Step for Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange: Picking a Model Plan

The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month.

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.

So far, Beshear has created a new state office to house the exchange and he's named an executive director. 

And by the end of this month, 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.

Each plan must cover essential care items including:

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4:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Work Begins On Third Phase of Parklands Project

Construction has begun on another phase of the Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000 acre park system under development in eastern and southeastern Louisville.

Ground was broken today on a section that will include a half-mile, tree-lined walk called the Humana Grand Allee .   It’s being funded with an $8 million donation from Humana and its employees.

The Parklands’ Scott Martin says this is the third of the project’s four major phases along the Floyds Fork watershed.

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3:13 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

U.S. Attorneys Investigate Humana's Southern Florida Healthcare Providers


The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating some of Humana’s southern Florida affiliates and providers for possible violations of Medicare regulations.

In Humana’s annual report, it says since January, U.S. attorneys have requested information from Humana and some southern Florida affiliates for alleged violations to the coding of medical claims and loans to physicians.

In the report, Humana says it currently has its own ongoing investigation in Florida and has willingly updated the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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