A fight over privacy rights at the border

07/12/2018 05:03 PM

By Eva McKend WASHINGTON- If you own a smart phone, you may feel having your device searched could be more intrusive than searching your home. That’s the argument of several Senators who are pushing for a new law to protect your privacy at the border. Washington reporter Eva McKend has the story. They are the computers in our pockets. Cell phones can detail our entire lives, including everything from our financial information to the history of our most intimate relationships. So it... Read more 

They have $100 million running through their coffers, but you've probably never heard of COT

07/12/2018 04:11 PM

Nearly $100 million flows through their electronic accounts, but little is known about the Commonwealth Office of Technology, or COT, the agency tasked with keeping up with supporting cabinet and other state government agency IT services. The COT appears to have run an overage of over $20 million for FY 2017 alone, much of it apparently financed by “enterprise assessment” fees. Bevin administration officials within the Finance Cabinet, who had been responsive to open record requests, never returned an explanation when... Read more 

Audit of court operations yields numerous findings

07/12/2018 02:40 PM

FRANKFORT — An Audit of the Administrative Office of the Courts has found multiple instances of abuse, and what Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon describes as a culture of unchecked leadership. Harmon detailed the findings of the exam into the operations, controls and policies of the AOC during a Wednesday news conference in Frankfort, detailing the 20 findings during the exam of AOC operations between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017. Auditors found issues with employee only property... Read more 

Barr pushing for passage on contentious horse racing legislation

07/11/2018 01:07 PM

LEXINGTON — Since 2015 U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has been pushing a bill which would move the multi-billion dollar sport of horse racing in the nation to one universal, federally regulated medical commission. The legislation has largely divided the sport of horse racing, with proponents on both sides of the bipartisan bill arguing economic downturns will come if the bill is either not enacted or enacted. Recently Barr alongside breeder and owner Arthur Hancock of Stone Farm, and Hall... Read more 

Beshear announces candidacy for governor in 2019

07/09/2018 11:47 AM

LOUISVILLE — Attorney General Andy Beshear made his first campaign stop for the 2019 race for the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Louisville on Monday morning, with a message focused on teachers and the future of Kentucky. The Louisville announcement on Monday morning was the first for Beshear, and his running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, an educator and founder of non-profit LEAD Kentucky — a program that recruits and trains college women in an effort to build the next generation of leaders.... Read more 

Yarmuth: Court got it right on Medicaid decision, questions still out on if Bevin can halt dental, vision coverage

07/03/2018 03:55 PM

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, agrees with a federal judge that struck down implementation of a waiver designed to alter Medicaid for some in Kentucky, and he doesn’t think the decision will be overturned. Speaking to Pure Politics on Tuesday, Yarmuth said laws surrounding making changes to Medicaid is relatively clear, in order to impose work requirements or other things, you have to either improve coverage or improve quality. “Bevin’s waiver, on its face it says it’s going to take... Read more 

Northern Kentucky organization focus on expanded recovery programs to fight opoioid addiction

07/03/2018 12:18 PM

FLORENCE – While the opioid epidemic appears to show no signs of letting up in places like Northern Kentucky, health officials have been encouraged by the fact that some addicts have benefited from various treatment programs. One of the tough things about opioid treatment is there is no one -size fits-all plan. Northern Kentucky Health Department Director of Population Health Stephanie Vogel believes that organizations in her region have done a good job in joining together and establishing effective treatment options. “I think... Read more 

Local health department officials waiting to see full impact of Medicaid dental and vision vision cuts in Kentucky

07/03/2018 10:53 AM

FLORENCE – U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg’s rejection on Friday of Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program by imposing work requirements for some to receive their benefits, and Bevin’s subsequent cutting of dental and vision coverage for 460,000 Kentuckians have some regional health department officials wondering what the full ramifications will be. Administration officials say the cuts were necessary because the ruling took away the path to provide those services. Northern Kentucky Health Department Director of Health... Read more 

CHFS submitted Medicaid dental and vision changes April 23, documents show

07/02/2018 08:45 PM

UPDATED: The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, operating under the leadership of Gov. Bevin has stopped providing dental and vision coverage for those under Medicaid expansion on Sunday; the paperwork to make the transition official before the ruling opens a window into how changes for the benefits are still underway. On April 23, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services submitted paperwork with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to transition dental and vision coverage under the “My... Read more 

Democrats file bills to win back Medicaid benefits; CHFS defends rollback in dental, vision coverage

07/02/2018 01:48 PM

The fallout continues in Frankfort, as the Cabinet for Health and Family Services ends Medicaid dental and vision benefits after a federal judge blocked implementation of a work requirement set to roll out on Sunday; now Democrats say they’ll fight to make sure those in the system get those needed health benefits. Kentucky HEALTH was struck down by the court on Friday, and the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services tells Pure Politics the “My Rewards Account” program... Read more