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

Lawmakers prepare for increased healthcare costs

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FRANKFORT – State Lawmakers are exploring all options as the commonwealth’s portion of healthcare costs increase over the next several years. Lisa Lee, Medicaid commissioner for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue BR Sub on Human Resources on Monday that the state’s share … Read More

Sept. 6 2015 Legislative Update

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As students are getting back into the swing of classes and football season begins in the bluegrass, committee meetings in Frankfort have continued to be productive. I sent out an update a few weeks ago addressing some more local issues in my district. I wanted to use this editorial to speak on a few statewide … Read More

Clark County Legislative Update

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While the session concluded in April, I am happy to say that through interim committee meetings and continual correspondence with constituents, great progress has been made for the 28th District. We still have work to do, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to the citizens who sent me to Frankfort to get things done. … Read More

Montgomery County Legislative Update

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While the session concluded in April, I am happy to say that through interim committee meetings and continual correspondence with constituents, great progress has been made for the 28th District. We still have work to do, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to the citizens who sent me to Frankfort to get things done. … Read More

Summer in Montgomery County

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Congratulations to all Montgomery County students and faculty on another successful school year and best wishes on a much-deserved summer break! Now that school is wrapping up for the year, families can begin to look for ways to expand learning beyond the classroom, spend quality time with one another, and to engage local businesses and … Read More

Summer in Clark County

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Summer is upon us! I would like to issue hearty congratulations to Clark County students for a successful school year and offer best wishes for a much-deserved summer break. Focus now shifts from academia to ways one can spend his or her time enjoying the beautiful Kentucky summer weather. When most of us think about … Read More

#KYGA15 Achieved Life-Saving, Landmark Legislation in Final Hours

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2015) – The Kentucky General Assembly achieved life-saving, landmark legislation during the final hours of the 2015 short session. Senate Bill 192, a comprehensive approach to stymie the scourge of heroin addiction in Kentucky, reached final passage after countless hours of bipartisan work throughout the session. In fact, this is the … Read More