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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...

Family Scholar House, Passport Health Plan to provide technology for 145 foster care alumni

Dozens of young people who were formerly in foster care will soon have additional tools at their disposal to ensure a successful transition into adulthood, thanks to a new program led by Family Scholar House, a Louisville nonprofit focused on ending the generational cycle of poverty through education. The program, “Passport to Connectivity,” is being launched in partnership with Passport Health...

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...

Passport halts construction on West Louisville HQ; nonprofit health plan seeking critical rate relief

Passport Health Plan is delaying construction on its new headquarters building at 18th and Broadway while the organization attempts to resolve a dispute with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services. Passport is seeking immediate relief from a reduction in reimbursement rates that disproportionately impacts Medicaid beneficiaries in the Louisville area – where the majority of Passport’s...

Passport Health Plan makes grant to Kentucky State Police Foundation to purchase fentanyl response kits

Passport Health Plan presented the Kentucky State Police Foundation with a $25,000 grant which will be used to purchase fentanyl response kits that will help KSP troopers avoid contact with dangerous drugs. The kits include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag. Grainger Inc. is supplying the gear, which will be issued to all sworn units...

Commentary: Passport Health Plan, Bluegrass Harvest partnership increasing food access

Health care is more than going to your doctor and taking medicine. When we take a closer look beginning in the home, and extending to the workplace, our schools, and our neighborhoods, we see that the social determinants of health play a major role in overall health and well-being. Research on the social determinants of health is fairly new, but there’s no question that access to food, income, education,...

Grant provides Kentucky State Police with fentanyl response kits to protect against contact the drug

Kentucky State Police troopers and officers have received another tool to combat the opioid crisis – fentanyl response kits that help them avoid contact with dangerous drugs. The kits were purchased with $25,000 in grant funds from Passport Health Plan. They include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag. The Kentucky State Police Foundation...

As Kentucky prepares to begin new Medicaid program resources provide more information

Kentucky will be phasing in its new Medicaid program in July, so the state and other stakeholders have created tools and “explainers” to help Medicaid enrollees and others understand the changes and deal with them. The program is expected to be fully implemented by the end of the year. The state’s new Medicaid plan, called Kentucky HEALTH for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term...

Passport Health CEO Mark Carter named chairman of the board of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, has been named chair of the board of directors of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, effective immediately. Carter has been a member of the Foundation’s board for 12 years, from 2003 to 2010, and again since 2013. He also has served on the board’s executive committee and as chair of the finance and investment committee. Mark Carter “This...

Passport Health to break ground on new 20-acre Health and Well-Being Campus in Louisville

Passport Health Plan will officially break ground on the site of our new Health and Well-Being Campus at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, directly on the property at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street in Downtown Louisville. Following the official groundbreaking – which will include remarks from Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Metro Councilwoman Barbara...

Ky Nonprofit Network honors member organizations, legislators and officials with advocacy awards

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented three member organizations, five legislators and eight officials with awards as part of its 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on February 1. The annual event provides nonprofit organizations statewide with the opportunity to meet legislators and support Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s...

Keisha Deonarine joins nonprofit Passport Foundation as newest executive director

Keisha Deonarine has been named Executive Director of the Passport Foundation. Keisha Deonarine She joins Passport with a background in banking, economic development, fundraising, and community development. She most recently served as the Senior Community Health Director for the American Heart Association; prior to that, she was the Economic Development Manager for Louisville Forward, the economic...

KY Youth Advocates KIDS COUNT data book gives sad snapshot of our kids; Woodford among best

The Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2016 County Data Book provides a snapshot of children by county, including county-level rankings of child well-being based on 16 different indicators. The counties with the highest rankings on child well-being include (in order) Oldham, Boone, Spencer, Woodford, and Ballard Counties. Detailed data are available for every county in Kentucky. Please click here for your county’s...

WKU establishes new benchmark for community service through Hilltoppers with Heart program

Western Kentucky University Athletics not only excelled on the field in 2015-16, with five conference titles and a bowl championship, but it also set new a benchmark off the field through the Hilltoppers with Heart community service program. Hilltoppers with Heart is designed to give WKU student-athletes, coaches and staff the unique opportunity to make an impact in their community by volunteering...

Lexington community comes together to tell school children all are 'preparing for success'

Back-to-school rallies were held all over Lexington on Saturday, Aug. 2, and students were given backpacks equipped with school supplies for the start of the new school year. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Crisp spiral notebooks, packs of yellow pencils, unopened glue sticks – all are signs that the school bell will soon ring in the 2014-15 academic year....

Grant helps channel non-emergency 911 calls in Louisville; receives national attention

Louisville’s Passport Health Plan has received national recognition for its Improved Health Outcomes Program grant to the Louisville Metro Emergency Management Services.   The one-year $50,000 grant through the Improved Health Outcomes Program was given to the EMS to design a more effective way for people to access urgent emergency care than call 911. The 911 call system was being overwhelmed...