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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.