Birth Control Debate in Senate; Why Long-Term Unemployment Is At Record Levels; Foreign Language Study in JCPS: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Access to contraception was debated in the Senate Thursday, and Senators voted down a measure that would have let insurance plans and employers, not just at religious institutions, refuse to cover health services that violate their religious beliefs or morals. The measure was sponsored by Republicans Roy Blunt of Missouri and Marco Rubio of […]

McConnell Vows Contraceptive Controversy “Will Not Go Away”

Appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged President Obama will face continued challenges from Congress and the courts regarding insurance coverage of birth control. Last week, the president announced a compromise over a rule that required full contraception insurance coverage for female employees at religiously affiliated institutions. […]

UnitedHealth Sues Over Tricare Contract

The long battle between Louisville-based insurer Humana and Minnesota-based UnitedHealth over the awarding of the lucrative military Tricare contract is moving into a new venue. Humana lost the $23 billion contract to provide insurance to military families the South to UnitedHealth two years ago, but quickly challenged the ruling and won the appeal the next […]

Artists Suffer Under Recession; Researchers Look at Economic Impact

The recession has cost many Americans their job — including artists. Even those who are self-employed have taken a hit. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer talks to several Kentucky artists feeling the recession and looks at how researchers are trying to find new ways of gauging how their wellbeing impacts the overall economy. “There’s some stuff that’s […]

Norton/Anthem Dispute Settled

Louisville’s Norton Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance company have settled their contract dispute. The two companies announced in a joint statement today that they have agreed to a new, three-year contract. Anthem policyholders have been paying out-of-network rates at most Norton facilities since Norton terminated their contract at the end of […]

Norton-Anthem Dispute Takes Another Turn

Norton Healthcare says effective January 1st, all patients who carry Anthem health insurance, including those at Norton-owned Kosair Children’s Hospital, will have to pay a higher rate for services. Norton and Anthem have been locked in a contentious dispute over higher rates requested by Norton, which terminated its contract with Anthem at mid-year. Norton agreed […]

No New Talks Set In Norton-Anthem Impasse (UPDATE)

The contract between Louisville’s largest heathcare system and Kentucky’s largest health insurer ended this morning with no new agreement. No new talks are scheduled between Norton Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. As of July 1, Norton hospitals and services are no longer included in the Anthem coverage network, with the exception of Kosair Children’s […]