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4:43 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange Board Will Meet, Rename Exchange

The advisory board tasked with overseeing Kentucky's health insurance exchange is set to have its first meeting Thursday. The 19-member board is made up of public officials, insurance executives, doctors and consumer groups. The agenda is short, focusing mainly on organizational tasks like forming subcommittees. The board is also getting an overview of the exchange from Executive Director Carrie Banahan.

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Health
1:24 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients

As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry. Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple says at least 25 percent of uninsured Americans have behavioral issues that need attention. And once the Affordable Care Act takes effect, he's expecting to see a flood of newly-insured patients seeking treatments.

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8:07 am
Tue September 25, 2012

West Nile Case Reported in Kentucky

A central Kentucky health official says a case of human West Nile virus has been confirmed in Bourbon County. Bourbon County Health Department Director Tom Skeen told the Lexington Herald-Leader it's thought that the person contracted the illness out of state although he didn't believe it was the Dallas area. Texas, in particular Dallas, has reported 1,225 cases and 50 deaths as of last week, the largest outbreak in years.

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Health
12:32 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System

The CEO of a major Medicaid managed care company (MCO) is criticizing Kentucky for the way the state deals with businesses like his. Michael Neidorff is the CEO of Centene, which operates Kentucky Spirit, one of three statewide MCOs that has managed Medicaid patients for the state since last year.

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Health
9:32 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Autism Study Grant Awarded to Kentucky Professor

A University of Kentucky professor has been awarded an $800,000 grant for research into autism therapies. The Herald-Leader says the grant is to develop new display and image processing technologies that allow people with autism disorders to see a virtual image of themselves. The images show the person doing things they need to learn, such as social interactions or sitting still.

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Health
1:17 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Policy Group Uses Kentucky Census Data to Encourage Medicaid Expansion

A progressive economic group says Kentucky should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act based on recently release Census data. The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy points to data that shows the percentage of Kentuckians without insurance dropped last year based on early elements of the health care law.

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Health
6:42 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Consumer Alert: Kroger Issues Spinach Recall Involving Kentucky, Indiana

Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in more than a dozen states due to possible Listeria contamination. The Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach was sold in ten-ounce bags and had a "best if used by" date of September 16.

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Health
8:29 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Beshear Names Members of Kentucky Health Exchange Board

Governor Steve Beshear has decide to expand the board of the new health insurance exchange, while also naming those members today. The now-19 member board includes top level officials from Kentucky’s major insurers, including Anthem, Humana and Bluegrass Family Health.

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Health
9:59 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Poll: Almost Half of Kentuckians Oppose Affordable Care Act, While Supporting Key Provisions

A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass poll shows a near majority of Kentuckians oppose President Obama’s health care law, with a clear majority against the mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But that same poll indicates overwhelming support for several key parts of the Affordable Care Act.

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Health/Politics
10:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Hobby Lobby Files Suit against HHS Mandate

The Hobby Lobby retail store company has gone to court to fight the controversial federal mandate on contraception. The craft and  hobby store chain, which operates several stores in Kentucky, is the latest in a series of organizations to challenge the Health and Human Services mandate.

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