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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...

Grimes joins Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to raise awareness of infant head trauma, safe sleep practices

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday joined Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) to unveil their safety video that will be shared with new parents in hospitals across Kentucky. “I want to congratulate Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, WellCare and the Kentucky Hospital Association for joining forces to help educate new parents, on the dangers of pediatric head trauma and the need...

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...

Plan to double purchasing power of federal nutrition programs at Kentucky farmers’ markets expands

Kentuckians receiving government nutritional assistance can double their spending power, up to $10 a day, if they shop at one of 25 local farmers’ markets or two Fresh Stops Markets in Lexington that are participating in the “Double Dollars” program for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps), the Women, Infants and Children program or the Senior Farmers...

Community baby shower in Georgetown gives attendees free carrier, diapers, baby book

WellCare Health Plans Inc. invites new and expectant moms in the Georgetown area to its community baby shower at the Scott County Health Clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4-6 p.m. Attendees will receive a free Boba Wrap child carrier sling to keep their little one snug, diapers to keep them dry and a baby book to keep their memories safe.   The shower is a part of the Mama to Mama weekly peer...

WellCare donates $75,000 to sponsor five team reds in movement to stop diabetes

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced that it is donating $75,000, in conjunction with the WellCare Community Foundation, for the 2013 American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.   With this partnership, WellCare will sponsor “Team Red” in five cities across the country: Tampa, Fla., Lexington, Ky., Atlanta, Chicago and New York City.   Team Red provides an opportunity...