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 

State Sales Tax Changes Brings Pricier Tickets To Sporting Events

06/29/2018 05:30 PM

Friday both the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky Athletic Departments confirmed that effective on July 1, 2018, the Kentucky Department of Revenue will levy a 6-percent sales tax on ticket sales to events hosted by most non-profit organizations, which would include university sporting events, but not teams like the Louisville Bats, Lexington Legends of Minor League Baseball or USL soccer events like Louisville City F.C. games. The the release, UK said, “In This legislation will affect the sale... Read more 

Judge blocks first-in-nation 1115 Medicaid waiver in Kentucky

06/29/2018 04:29 PM

UPDATED: Days before the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was set to roll out major changes to Medicaid, including a work requirement for some in the program, a federal judge blocked its implementation. The ruling deals a blow to the Kentucky 1115 innovation waiver pushed for by Gov. Bevin, which the court ruled would change the fundamental purpose of the program. With a tweet from Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, on Friday evening the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray endorses Democratic nominee Amy Mcgrath for Congress

06/29/2018 03:55 PM

LEXINGTON – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has officially endorsed Democratic 6th District Congressional Candidate Amy McGrath in her race against Republican incumbent Andy Barr. Gray made the announcement on Friday as took took McGrath on a tour of the recently renovated old Fayette County Courthouse. Gray, who lost to McGrath in the primary by 8,000 votes, says that McGrath is the one candidate who can build unity across the state as well as the country. “Our countries divided, and this is a... Read more 

KDE Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis offers few details about impending JCPS takeover

06/28/2018 02:26 PM

FRANKFORT – One Kentucky lawmaker expressed concern at Thursday’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Education that Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis did not present a cost analysis for the departments impending takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools, the state’s largest district with over 100,000 students. Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, expressed concerns to Lewis, who was named interim commissioner in April after the resignation of Stephen Pruitt, about how KDE, which saw their budget slashed $54 million in the 2018/2020 ... Read more 

Kentucky horse trainer says Horse Racing Integrity Act would add bureaucracy and hurt business

06/28/2018 01:04 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is trying to gain traction in Congress to pass legislation which would add new requirements to horse racing across the nation. Bentley Combs, a horse trainer in Kentucky who recently started his own business after years working in the equine industry, said the legislation sponsored by Barr and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-New York, would hurt his business because of additional fees to pay for added bureaucracy. “This bill affects me as a newer trainer... Read more