Hospitals struggle with increasing number of "non-emergency" ER visits due to Medicaid expansion

CYNTHIANA — The emergency rooms of Kentucky’s hospitals are facing a crisis of too many patients, but not because of an increase in illnesses,...

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Louisville lawmaker says state should keep doing business with Seven Counties Services

Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, says the state needs to keep contracts with Seven Counties Services in place and provide a way for the mental...

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Grimes launches new ad aimed at hitting McConnell on Violence Against Women Act votes

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is focusing her latest question ad on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2013 vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against...

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Retiring Rep. Ben Waide indicted for alleged violations of campaign finance laws

Retiring Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, was indicted Tuesday by Attorney General Jack Conway for alleged violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws during his 2010 re-election...

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Yarmuth offers Democratic perspective on border bill and chances for broad immigration reforms

With what has been described as a “humanitarian crisis” continuing at the Southern border, Congress is down to the final days of session to come...

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78th District House race pits experience against new ideas in re-crafted district

Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, could be in for a strenuous re-election challenge. The district has changed through redistricting and is now comprised of Pendelton, Harrison...

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Hospitals struggle with increasing number of "non-emergency" ER visits due to Medicaid expansion

07/30/2014 09:41 PM

CYNTHIANA — The emergency rooms of Kentucky’s hospitals are facing a crisis of too many patients, but not because of an increase in illnesses, like the rest of the nation Kentucky saw an increase in non-emergency visits because more individuals have health insurance coverage. In Kentucky, more than 330,000 people became Medicaid eligible when the state expanded the program on January 1. The expansion covers residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty rate which is $15,856. The problem is... Read more 

Louisville lawmaker says state should keep doing business with Seven Counties Services

07/30/2014 09:17 PM

Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, says the state needs to keep contracts with Seven Counties Services in place and provide a way for the mental health agency to pay their obligations to the retirement system. Adams said while there is active litigation between the pension system and Seven Counties Services the state should determine the actual cost the agency owes for retirees and figure out a way for them to pay the obligation and then continue working with the agency.... Read more 

Grimes launches new ad aimed at hitting McConnell on Violence Against Women Act votes

07/30/2014 10:20 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is focusing her latest question ad on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2013 vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act — a familiar line in the campaign for Grimes. The latest television ad comes in a series of question posed by Kentuckians to McConnell which toes the line on attacking McConnell’s negatives while remaining folksy. The ad released Wednesday features Ilene Woods from Lynch, Kentucky asking McConnell, “Why did you vote two times... Read more 

Retiring Rep. Ben Waide indicted for alleged violations of campaign finance laws

07/29/2014 05:58 PM

Retiring Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, was indicted Tuesday by Attorney General Jack Conway for alleged violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws during his 2010 re-election campaign. Waide was indicted on two counts of “knowingly accepting contributions from a corporation,” and “causing funds in his campaign account to be expended for purposes that were not allowable campaign expenditures” which are Class D Felonies. Each count carries with it a penalty of one to five years in prison and up to a $10,000... Read more 

Yarmuth offers Democratic perspective on border bill and chances for broad immigration reforms

07/29/2014 04:10 PM

With what has been described as a “humanitarian crisis” continuing at the Southern border, Congress is down to the final days of session to come to an agreement on the problem before a one-month recess, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, has predicted a tough road ahead for President Obama’s funding plan. On Tuesday, House Republicans announced their version of a supplemental emergency funding package providing $659 million and policy changes to deal with the more than 50,000 Central American kids... Read more 

78th District House race pits experience against new ideas in re-crafted district

07/29/2014 09:53 AM

Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, could be in for a strenuous re-election challenge. The district has changed through redistricting and is now comprised of Pendelton, Harrison and part of Scott Counties and McKee is facing a tough opponent in Falmouth Mayor Mark Hart, who also is a firefighter and paramedic. McKee has served the district for 17-years, and feels good about the new portion of the district in Eastern Scott County where his son is a high school football coach. Hart... Read more 

McConnell "encouraged" by compromise deal overhauling the V.A.

07/28/2014 06:14 PM

Congress could be very close to passing $17 billion in reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs which U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said he hoped could be accomplished quickly. The proposed legislation which was unveiled on Monday will give the secretary of the V.A. the authority to fire or demote senior officials, and it will offer veterans the ability to seek outside health treatment if V.A. doctors delay more than two-weeks, according to Politico . The agreement was reached... Read more 

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