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Beshear: Managed care program working well
Two years after implementing a managed care Medicaid delivery system, Gov. Steve Beshear says complaints from medical providers about overdue accounts were overstated or have largely been resolved, and the program is on track to save $1.3 billion.
In November 2011, Kentucky faced a Medicaid shortfall of $142.4 million and Beshear ordered the moving of 560,000 Medicaid patients from a fee-for-service model to a managed-care system where companies bid for the right to serve patients at a per-person annual cost while offering more preventive services to hold down long-term costs.
State auditor not required to do city oversight
Some lawmakers are getting some heat from constituents about local government operations and what they see as too little oversight by the state.
Not much movement on felon voting rights
There was an air of anticipation preceding Tuesday’s meeting of the Joint Interim Committee on State Government which was to discuss restoring felons’ voting rights and the issue of requiring photo identification for voting in Kentucky.
But when the meeting was over, few minds appeared to have changed from whatever point of view with which they began.
The Democratic-controlled House has several times passed legislation that would automatically restore voting rights for felons convicted of non-violent or non-sexual crimes, but the legislation never got anywhere in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Bevin endorsed by Senate Conservatives Fund
Just as incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell seems to be turning his attention to his likely Democratic opponent, a conservative Republican group formed by former Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint endorsed McConnell’s Republican primary opponent Matt Bevin.
The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Friday it is endorsing Bevin, claiming its members preferred Bevin in a SCF survey.
Money for Ohio River dam project in budget bill
A budget deal that ended a partial government shutdown included more than $2.8 million in funding for a troubled lock and dam project on the Ohio River, a crucial shipping route for goods out of the nation’s heartland.
Beshear: Shutdown ‘devastating to Kentucky families’
Kentucky’s Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell apparently worked out a deal with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, on Wednesday to end the federal government shutdown.
That deal couldn’t come soon enough, according to a visibly frustrated Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who pilloried national lawmakers for allowing the shutdown which he said has been “devastating to Kentucky families.”
PSC says Kentucky Power decision ‘puts closure on case’
Kentucky Power Company has accepted the stipulations in a Public Service Commission order that allows the company to purchase half-interest in a West Virginia generating plant and close down its coal-fired Big Sandy facility in Lawrence County.
Ranie Wohnhas, KPC managing director for regulatory and finance, announced the company’s decision on Monday.
Under the PSC order, KPC will purchase half-interest in the Mitchell Power Plant located in Moundsville, W.Va., from Ohio Power Company. Both KPC and Ohio Power are subsidiary companies of American Electric Power.
Grimes’ campaign trumpets $2.5 million quarter
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign said Tuesday she raised more money in the previous quarter than incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Bevin talks ideas more than he politics
Matt Bevin knows he’s going to have to convince a lot of Republicans it’s time for a change if he’s to unseat powerful five-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary.
Pastor charged in triple murder attended two victims’ funeral
A small-town pastor charged in a triple slaying at a central Kentucky pawn shop had attended the funeral of two of the victims, offering his condolences to relatives who thought he was a sympathetic mourner but now are sickened that he’s accused in the shootings.
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