Kentucky nursing care facilities face fines from “flawed inspection system”

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FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s long-term care nursing facility operators say they are paying five times more fines than the national average because of a flawed inspection system which results in hefty fines for, what in many cases, they say can be minor issues. Mary Haynes, CEO of Nazareth Home, a long-term care nursing facility in Louisville, told members of … Read More

Treatment pilot program shows improvements 5-years in, but dollars are biggest set back

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FRANKFORT – As Kentucky officials attempt to treat an expanding drug dependence problem in the commonwealth, programs tasked with tackling the issue are quickly reaching their fiscal limits. The Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) program is serving approximately 300 families per year in Jefferson, Kenton, Boyd and Daviess counties with drug dependency issues by pairing … Read More

CN|2: With Supreme Court ruling, GOP lawmakers want another look at state exchange

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After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month federal subsidies could apply to health plans purchased on both state and federal insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, Republicans on the Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee suggested Wednesday the state may fare better by shuttering kynect in favor of the federal website HealthCare.gov. But … Read More

State Journal: Tensions Flare Over Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

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What started as a rosy Medicaid overview presentation turned into vitriolic criticism by state committee members attacking claims about Medicaid expansion in Kentucky in the report. Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Lisa Lee, commissioner for the Department for Medicaid Services, presented an overview of the state’s Medicaid … Read More

Ralph Alvarado Named to GOPAC’s 2015 Emerging Leaders

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“I am thrilled and humbled to be named to GOPAC’s Class of 2015 ‪#‎EmergingLeaders‬,” said Ralph Alvarado of his nomination. “Our Emerging Leaders program ensures a roster of prepared and tested Republicans ready to lead in their state legislatures and run for higher office.” said GOPAC Chairman David Avella. “As evidenced by past honorees now … Read More

Hundreds of new jobs headed to Winchester

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I could not be more excited to see such a significant investment made by Catalent Pharma Solutions in Winchester. As a physician, it is encouraging to see this pharmaceutical company’s impact on our local economy and in Kentucky’s health care industry as a whole. The new jobs created from their multimillion dollar investment certainly will … Read More

Feb. 27, 2015 Legislative Update

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) – One thing I have had to accept while being in Frankfort is that the legislative process is a marathon and not always a sprint. If you have met me you know that I am a man that enjoys being on the move; I love getting things done! This was … Read More