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Reminder – Upcoming Medicaid Managed Care Forums Hosted by Cabinet

As part of Governor Steve Beshear’s emphasis on enhanced education efforts related to Medicaid managed care, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has scheduled forums for health care providers in each of the eight Medicaid regions during May and June. Senior officials from CHFS will attend the session, including Cabinet Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes, Medicaid Commissioner Lawrence Kissner, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson and Behavioral Health Commissioner Stephen Hall. The forums [...]

By |2013-05-30T08:34:04-04:00May 30th, 2013|Blog, Health|

Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange Website – Kynect – Launches

Governor Beshear recently announced the launch of Kentucky's Healthcare Connection - kynect. This is Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning October 1, kynect will allow individuals, families, and businesses to compare and select insurance plans and to find out if they qualify for programs like Medicaid or Kentucky’s Children Health Insurance Program (KCHIP). The website provides some basic, introductory information about kynect including a fact sheet for families. Help will [...]

By |2013-05-23T09:18:38-04:00May 23rd, 2013|Blog, Health|

Cabinet Hosting Medicaid Managed Care Forums Across KY – Eastern KY Forums this Week!

Governor Beshear has directed the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to initiate enhanced educational efforts to improve the Medicaid managed care implementation system. At the Governor’s request, CHFS will sponsor educational forums in each of the eight Medicaid regions. These forums are designed to allow medical providers, managed care organization (MCO) representatives, and Department of Insurance (DOI) representatives to meet face-to-face to discuss concerns about proper billing, appeals processes and any specific regional [...]

By |2013-05-06T09:54:39-04:00May 6th, 2013|Blog, Health|

New Ad Campaign Calls for Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

Today, Kentucky Voices for Health (KVH) launched a new ad campaign asking Gov. Steve Beshear to expand Medicaid to adults and parents up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level under the Affordable Care Act. Listen to the ad below. Kentucky Youth Advocates is a proud member of KVH. Join us in asking Governor Beshear to take this opportunity to improve the health of Kentucky’s children and families. There are many reasons to expand Medicaid. [...]

By |2013-04-30T11:11:41-04:00April 30th, 2013|Blog, Health|

Children Need Love, Support, and Better Federal Policies

Seemingly every week or month, there is new research about how poorly children are faring in the United States. In a New York Times op-ed last week “The Kids Are (Not) All Right,” Charles Blow highlighted a report from Unicef – “Child Well-Being in Rich Countries.” The United States ranks the worst among wealthy nations for child well-being and ranks particularly poorly on child poverty, being overweight, and “life satisfaction.” Meanwhile, President Obama released his [...]

By |2013-04-24T15:17:44-04:00April 24th, 2013|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Fixing Medicaid Managed Care – Governor Beshear Steps Up to the Plate

Last Friday, Governor Beshear vetoed HB 5, a bill that was intended to address issues of prompt payment to health care providers by Kentucky’s managed care companies, but he released an alternative plan to address both individual and systematic problems with managed care. In November 2011, Kentucky moved to a statewide managed care system for Medicaid, the program that provides health insurance to low-income children and parents, pregnant women and people with disabilities. You can read [...]

By |2013-04-11T10:50:03-04:00April 11th, 2013|Blog, Health|

Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Kids Have Much to Gain

At Kentucky Youth Advocates, we ask ourselves the same question over and over when we examine issues. It’s a short and simple question: “Is it good for kids?” We strive to be the independent voice for children and that means we want the policies created and implemented by our decision makers to benefit children. Right now, our state leaders have a big decision to make on whether to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and parents [...]

By |2013-03-28T10:04:39-04:00March 28th, 2013|Blog, Health|

New Brief Shows Kentucky Children Would Benefit from Medicaid Expansion

Jeffersontown, KY – Thousands of children could see immediate and long-term health benefits, at a small cost to the state, if Kentucky expands Medicaid to adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line starting in January 2014, according to a new issue brief from Kentucky Youth Advocates. The brief, Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Kids Have Much to Gain, examines the numerous family and child health benefits that result when parents have access to [...]

By |2013-03-28T00:00:35-04:00March 28th, 2013|News Room|

Demystifying the Health Care Law

The Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010 resulted in many changes to the health care system and there are more changes coming soon. Health care reform will impact populations, both young and old. Given that the health care reform bill was 2000 pages long, it can be confusing for people to figure out how the new law affects them. If you have questions about what the health care law means for you, join an [...]

By |2013-03-11T12:00:15-04:00March 11th, 2013|Blog, Health|
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