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12:16 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Kentucky Spirit Sues to Officially Break Its Medicaid Contract

Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is suing to end its contract with the state. Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, because it could not operate without massive losses.  Now, it is suing in Frankfort courts to make it official.

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Health /ovarian cancer
5:34 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Researchers Hopeful that Ovarian Cancer Detection Can Be Improved

Mayo Clinic/ovarian cancer
Mayo Clinic

Specialists in the field say ovarian cancer can be very deadly, in part because it can be difficult to detect in its early stages. Researchers are hoping to find some more effective ways to diagnose and treat the disease, and Dr. Michael Milam of the Norton Cancer Center in Louisville says he is hopeful that better detection can lead to improved treatment in the future.

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Health
3:45 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Medicaid Insurance Leaves Heavy Burden on WellCare

The departure of one of three statewide Medicaid operators next year is once again raising concerns about adequate medical coverage in parts of the state. Earlier this year, coverage was one of the issues brought up between Coventry Cares, another operator, and hospital chain Appalachian Regional Healthcare in a lawsuit over contract issues.

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Health /Ovarian Cancer
5:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Concerns Raised Over Ovarian Cancer

Centers for Disease Control/ Symptoms for Ovarian Cancer
Centers for Disease Control

Ovarian cancer can be very deadly, in part because it is difficult to detect in its early stages. Cancer specialists in Kentucky say the disease has frequently progressed to stage 3 or stage 4 by the time it is found. Dr. Daniel Metzinger of the Brown Cancer Center in Louisville says the disease can spread relatively quickly. He's one of the interview guests in our special two part report on ovarian cancer.

Health
1:00 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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Health
9:50 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Tennessee's Meningitis Outbreak May Have Peaked

Tennessee's chief medical officer says the rate of new infections of deadly fungal meningitis appears to be declining in the state where it was first discovered. Dr. David Reagan said in an interiew that not everyone who received the contaminated medicine that caused the infections will get sick.

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Health
12:38 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

In Tennessee, More Fungal Meningitis Cases Confirmed

Tennessee is reporting another increase in the number of people diagnosed with fungal meningitis. A state health department spokesman says 63 people have been infected in Tennessee from a tainted steroid. The death toll remains unchanged at eight.

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Health
11:33 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Statewide Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to End Contract Early

Governor Steve Beshear says he’s disappointed that one statewide Medicaid operator has announced it is leaving the state. Kentucky Spirit, part of Centene Corporation from Missouri, announced Wednesday that they would terminate their operations next July, before their contract is up.

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Health
9:39 am
Wed October 17, 2012

DEVELOPING: Statewide Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to End Contract Early

Medicaid managed care operator Kentucky Spirit plans to terminate its contract with the state. Kentucky Spirit is one of the private Medicaid operators that took over the program for the state last year. The company encountered problems, however, and was in dispute with the state and doctors over reimbursement rates and other details of Medicaid operations.

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Health
2:36 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Tobacco Companies Ask Judge to Reject "Corrective Statements"

Tobacco firms fight "corrective statements"

Tobacco companies are urging a federal judge to rule against the federal government's proposed industry-financed corrective statements. The companies contend the messages amount to "forced public confessions."However, the Justice Department argues that the statements need to be strong enough to protect the public from future false statements made by the tobacco industry.

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