Changes to Medicaid program mean Kentuckians may need to work, volunteer to remain eligible

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Trump administration has announced rules changes for the Medicaid program that allow states to require some enrollees to work or volunteer – changes that likely pave the way for Kentucky’s new Medicaid plan to be approved. “Let me be clear to everyone in this room, we will approve proposals that promote community engagement activities,”...

New diabetes cases among poor much higher in Kentucky, other expanded-Medicaid states

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   New diabetes cases among poor Americans are much more numerous in Kentucky and other states that have embraced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a medical testing company has found. The diagnoses rose 23 percent in the Obamacare states and barely rose in the others, apparently because state Medicaid programs are encouraging screening for...