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Beshear aide voices concern as Kentucky’s new Medicaid contracts drop Passport, Anthem

On its way out, the administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has given five health-insurance companies new, five-year deals to manage the care of Kentuckians on Medicaid — and dropped Anthem Inc. and the nonprofit Passport Health Plan, which now have contracts with the state. The three returning firms are subsidiaries of Aetna, Humana and WellCare. The two newcomers are UnitedHealthcare Community...

USA Cares Care Package Drive collects thousand of items for local veterans during ‘Give a Day’ week

Last month, USA Cares hosted a Care Package Drive to benefit local homeless veterans as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give a Day” Week of Service campaign. During the nearly two-month-long collection, a variety of local businesses and volunteer supporters joined together in gathering thousands of essential items to be donated, resulting in over 540 care packages prepared for homeless...

Kentucky Retirement Systems members making improvements in their health, save costs for system

Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) members’ dedication to improving their health is also improving the health of the Systems’ Insurance Trust Funds. Through the efforts of a partnership with Humana, the Systems’ Medicare Plan administrator, healthcare costs have moderated and the quality of care has increased for KRS members. Cost efficiencies realized by these improvements are being shared...

Not the cluck!? KFC no longer Kentucky’s most valuable brand; replaced by Humana at the top

Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. A brand’s strength is assessed (based on factors such as marketing investment, familiarity, preference, sustainability and margins) to determine what proportion of a business’s revenue is contributed by the brand. This is projected into perpetuity to determine...

Judge blocks Humana’s merger with Aetna; analysts say deal is unlikely to be revived

A federal judge blocked Aetna Inc.’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana Inc. on grounds that it would reduce competition for consumers in Medicare Advantage markets, because it would ultimately affect the price of coverage. Medicare Advantage plans are privately run versions of Medicare for people who are over age 65 or disabled. “In this case, the government alleged that the merger of...

Ky. companies to hire more than 5800 in 2016 according to Cabinet for Economic Development

By Claire A. Johnson KyForward intern Companies in Kentucky plan to hire 5,849 employees this year, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The optimistic number reflects the variety of future job opportunities awaiting Kentuckians. “People can find engaging jobs and careers in a broad range of industries, from automotive to aerospace to food and beverage distribution and logistics...

Humana says it will pull out of some state health insurances exchanges due to financial losses

Humana Inc. said that it may leave some state health-insurance exchanges to cut its losses, and then left two, in Alabama and Virginia. “Humana also continues to reel after losing a large Medicare Advantage employer account,” Bob Herman reports for Modern Healthcare. “Those factors and others forced the first-quarter profit at the Louisville, Ky.-based insurer to fall 46 percent...

Deadline for individuals to sign up for insurance through Kynect, avoid penalty, is Jan. 31

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentuckians have until Jan. 31 to sign up for subsidized health insurance through Kynect, the state’s online insurance marketplace, or face a penalty when they file their tax returns. The penalty for not having health insurance this year is 2.5 percent of your income, or $695 per adult and $347 per child, with a maximum of $2,085 per family, whichever is...

Four Kentucky companies ranked among nation’s best for LGBT workplace equality

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including four in Kentucky.   (Image from HRC.com) Corporate America, propelled by the HRC and its foundation’s annual Corporate...

Bell County’s ‘fresh approach’ to curbing chronic disease showing signs of promise

The Team Up 4 Health pilot project is the result of a partnership between Humana, Bell County Health Department and Microclinic International. (Photo captured from YouTube video)   By Alan Player Special to KyForward   Anyone who wonders whether people can take ownership of their health and make progress in curbing preventable chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, ask...