From Frankfort

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 

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 

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 

Industrial Hemp thriving in Kentucky

06/28/2018 01:58 PM

FRANKFORT- The Industrial Hemp Industry in Kentucky is growing at a steady pace, but could thrive if the US Senate version of the Farm Bill is passed. Members from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, hemp processors and farmers testified in front of Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance, Personnel, and Public Retirement Thursday morning. Since a pilot program legalizing industrial hemp production in 2014, the program has grown to create millions in profits for Kentucky farmers. The most recent... Read more 

Pilot program looks to decrease number of unnecessary medical emergency runs

06/27/2018 03:12 PM

FRANKFORT – In Kentucky, the demand for Emergency Medical Services is increasing while reimbursements are decreasing. To upturn this phenomenon, the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services implemented Kentucky’s first Mobile Integrated Health/Community Paramedicine Pilot Program on June 1, 2016. The primary goal of the program is to fill unmet needs with untapped resources, reduce 911 utilization and hospital emergency department visits, and create partnerships within the community. Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government heard from Kentucky Board of Medical... Read more 

School Safety Listening Session looks at ways to better protect students

06/26/2018 09:11 PM

LEXINGTON – How to better protect the states schools from tragedies like the one this past January at Marshall County High School was on the minds of Federal and state officials who took part in the Federal Commission on School Safety Listening Session in Lexington. Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, who represents Marshall County, admits that there’s not one single solution to the problem, but a series of them which work hand in hand with one another. “I think we have to focus... Read more 

Why has the numbered of registered Democrat voters dropped in Kentucky?

06/26/2018 09:07 AM

BURLINGTON – The State Board of Elections voter registration figures released last week showing that the number of overall registered Democrats dropped below 50 percent to 49.93 percent caught the eye of Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown, where the red tide began back in the early 1990’s. While Democrats still outnumber Republicans who are at 41.48 percent of registered voters statewide, in Boone County alone, the number of registered Republicans went from 38,351 in 2008 to 56,003 win 2018, while Democrats... Read more 

Common Ground: Sports Betting

06/25/2018 04:56 PM

After the Supreme Court of the United States ruled it was unconstitutional to prevent states from betting on sports—state legislatures have been rushing trying to pass legislation to begin cashing on the potential money maker. In Kentucky, it’s no different. While the bluegrass state isn’t exactly new to wagering on sports—after all the most watched horse race of the year takes place at Churchhill Downs each May—a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are betting the state can make some big bucks... Read more 

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