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Medicaid waiver to expand coverage, increase care access for Kentuckians with Substance Use Disorder

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is set to expand access to treatment and recovery services for individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) through a portion of its 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver, beginning July 1. This program further amplifies the Commonwealth’s overall efforts to fight the opioid crisis, as well as other substance addictions. With Kentucky’s commitment to combatting opioid,...

Franklin County Circuit Court delays hearing in Passport Health Plan rate case; now set for March 5

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge, at the request of the state’s attorneys, has delayed the initial hearing in a lawsuit Passport Health Plan filed against the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the hearing will now take place March 5. Passport filed suit on Feb. 15 after months of discussions with leaders at the Cabinet and its Department for...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services announces key leadership appointments in various departments

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced the following key leadership positions in various departments. Carol H. Steckel, MPH, is the new Commissioner for the Department for Medicaid Services. Steckel is a Medicaid and managed care expert with more than two decades of experience transforming healthcare delivery systems in several states. Most recently, Steckel served the last five...

CHFS distributing updated resources to help providers check Medicaid benefit eligibility

In response to changes resulting from the recent judicial decision on Kentucky HEALTH, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is making updated guidance available on Medicaid benefits. “The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has not changed any policies relating to the eligibility of pregnant women and children, and they should continue to receive all services, including vision and...

CHFS names Howard Commissioner of Dept. for Public Health; announces additional changes

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has made the following announcement regarding key leadership positions in various departments. Dr. Howard Dr. Jeffrey Howard, M.D. is now Commissioner for the Department for Public Health (DPH). Dr. Howard has been acting Health Commissioner since November 2017. Dr. Howard attended Union College, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the...

Legislature sends governor Medicaid drug measures to help independent pharmacies and consumers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to allow pharmacists to tell their patients the least expensive way to pay for their medications and one to put the state back in direct charge of its Medicaid drug program have received final passage and are on the desk of Gov. Matt Bevin. Sen. Wise A revised version of Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, would put the Medicaid...