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Kentucky Medicaid Weekly Update

Posted December 18, 2019 On December 16, 2019 Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order sustaining the Medicaid expansion that will continue coverage for 479,000 Kentuckians. On the same day, the Governor also signed an executive order that ending the Section 1115 waiver or Kentucky HEALTH program created under former Governor Matt Bevin. The Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Waiver executive order terminates 1115 Waiver components including: Work requirements or community engagement for able-bodied adults between the ages of 19 and 64

Advancing the KMA Message Across the State & Preparing for 2020

Posted December 17, 2019 With the holidays right around the corner, I am making my last few visits throughout the state for 2019 and preparing for what promises to be an interesting session of the legislature. In just a few short months, I have had the privilege to meet with physicians and community leaders in Hyden, Hazard, Pikeville, Lexington, Louisville, Glasgow, Princeton, Morehead, Munfordville, Owingsville and Florence to discuss the various initiatives of the KMA and how important it is

Dale Toney, M.D., Neal Moser, M.D. Nominated for KMA President, President-Elect

Posted December 16, 2019 The Lexington Medical Society (LMS) has nominated Dale E. Toney, M.D., for the office of 2020 KMA President. Dr. Toney is a board certified internist in Lexington. He is employed by the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and is the Interim Division Chief of General Internal Medicine and Women’s Health. He currently serves as Vice President of the KMA. He served as

Tobacco-Free for Students Initiative Provides School Districts Across the State with New Signage

Posted December 13, 2019 KMA leaders have traveled to schools across the state this fall to present new campus signage to districts who have agreed to comply with the new tobacco free schools law passed during the 2019 legislative session. Tobacco-Free for Students is a partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care. Since the law passed in April, more than 95% of Kentucky school districts have agreed to enact tobacco-free policies. However,

Kentucky Medicaid Update

Posted December 11, 2019 On Nov. 26, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced five new statewide contract awards for managed care organizations (MCOs): Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, Humana Health Plan Inc., Molina Healthcare of Kentucky, United Healthcare DBA UnitedHealthcare community Plan of Kentucky and WellCare Health Insurance of Kentucky. WellCare was also awarded a contract to serve all foster children in Kentucky. Anthem and Passport Health Plan have confirmed that they are in the process of filing

KMA Mourns the Loss of President-Elect Robert Couch, M.D., MBA

Posted November 20, 2019 KMA is saddened to share with members the passing of its 2019-2020 President-Elect Robert Couch, M.D., MBA, on Nov. 19 following a brief illness. Dr. Couch will be remembered as a champion for healthcare, a passionate advocate for patients and a respected leader in the medical community. He was an emergency physician and the Emergency Department Medical Director at Norton Audubon Hospital, Louisville, as well as a founding member of Southern Emergency Medical Specialists, PSC. Dr.

President’s Message: A Season of Thanks

Posted November 18, 2019 Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy in our life. As members of the KMA, we have a lot to be thankful for, as well as a lot to look forward to in the coming months.  Over the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of meeting with physicians from various parts of our state, and it has made me more thankful for the strength that comes

Christian Furman, M.D., MSPH, AGSF, Medical Director of the University of Louisville Trager Institute, Seeks to Provide Optimal Aging Options for Kentuckians

Posted October 29, 2019 More than 16 percent of Kentuckians are 65 years of age or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And this number is growing. From 2000 – 2010, the elderly population grew in all but seven counties in Kentucky, based on a report by the Kentucky State Data Center. “There’s never going to be enough geriatricians to take care of all these older people in the whole state,” said KMA member Christian Davis Furman, M.D., MSPH,

October 2019 President’s Message: Highlighting the “K” in KMA

Posted October 21, 2019 Let me begin my first official KMA President’s Message by emphasizing what an honor and privilege it is to serve as your President. During my installation at last month’s KMA Annual Meeting, I shared my vision for the upcoming year. To put it simply, I plan to highlight the “K” in KMA. I have already begun traveling throughout the state to meet with physicians and hear about the challenges they are facing. In the last couple

KPLI Graduates Class of 2019

Posted October 17, 2019 Eleven graduates of the Kentucky Physicians Leadership Institute (KPLI) were recognized at the 2019 KMA Annual Meeting VIP Board Dinner on Sept. 20, 2019. This is KMA’s third class of KPLI participants, an initiative with the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care designed to enhance the leadership skills of physicians who can fill emerging leadership roles and influence health care policy in the ever-evolving world of medicine. As part of their training, KPLI graduates studied personal and

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