Legislative Update – 3/31/17

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The Senate began its final days by addressing the vetoes made by Governor Bevin. While I appreciated Governor Bevin’s concerns regarding the civil liberties of individuals impacted by Senate Bill 91, the sponsor and others had carefully crafted language to put safeguards in place to protect those liberties. Thus, both chambers voted in unison again … Read More

Legislative Update – 3/17/17

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The Senate and House both worked late into the evening several days this week to make sure priority legislation made it to the Governor’s desk before the veto period officially began on Thursday. I am proud to have passed bills on many of the issues brought to me by constituents and people in the medical … Read More

Legislative Update – 3/10/17

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We are down to four days remaining in the 2017 Session of the General Assembly, a session that many have called one of the most productive. It is certainly one of the busiest sessions we have had in Frankfort mostly due to the unbelievable interest and participation in the process by constituents throughout the state. … Read More

Legislative Update – 3/3/17

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Standing in the back of the House Chambers on Thursday, I witnessed the culmination of over a decade’s worth of hard work as I watched the House of Representatives pass Senate Bill 4.  This bill creates a panel of experts to review and provide opinions on frivolous medical lawsuits that wreak havoc on Kentucky’s healthcare … Read More

Legislative Update – 2/24/17

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While most responses to these weekly session updates have been positive, their authenticity is occasionally questioned. Let me assure you that I am writing this update Thursday night at my desk, starting my second cup of coffee, and looking back over the scores of visitors and legislation I had before me this week. In all … Read More

Legislative Update – 2/17/17

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The “people’s house” certainly lived up to its moniker this week. Citizens of the Commonwealth descended upon the capital city in droves to advocate for and against a number of issues. I was particularly happy to see so many folks from the 28th District. It was awesome to meet with resident physicians from UK Hospital … Read More

Coverage of elemental formulas for severe digestive disorders passes House 94-0, heads for enrollment

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FRANKFORT — Legislation that would mandate coverage of amino-acid-based formulas for eosinophilic and other digestive disorders is a step closer to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk after passing the House of Representatives on a 94-0 vote Friday. Senate Bill 193, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, is named “Noah’s Law” after 9-year-old Noah Greenhill, of Pike County, … Read More

Democrat Consultant Dale Emmons Publicly Apologizes to Senator Alvarado for Deceptive 2014 Political Ad

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Proving that false political ads can be held accountable FRANKFORT, KY – After almost two years in court, Senator Ralph Alvarado has received a signed public apology from Dale Emmons — consultant to former State Senator RJ Palmer — who was involved in creating a political attack advertisement against Dr. Alvarado. A week before the … Read More

Bill instituting appeals for denied MCO claims pass Senate committee

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FRANKFORT – Medical providers whose claims have been denied by managed care organizations will have an opportunity to appeal those decisions under legislation which was unanimously passed by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Revenue on Tuesday. Senate Bill 20, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, would create an independent appeals process within the Cabinet … Read More

Appeals process for denied medical claims by Medicaid managed care organizations heads to Senate floor

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FRANKFORT — Medical claims denied by Medicaid managed care companies would be subject to appeal under a bill that passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 20, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, moved to the chamber’s floor on a 10-0 vote. The Winchester Republican said his legislation is based on similar … Read More