Yarmuth Looks To Protect Legislative Victories From Repeal

Yarmuth says he’s been pleased with new Republican Speaker John Boehner’s nods to bipartisanship, but he’s not sure whether that will pan out over the next two years. While Yarmuth has his concerns about GOP’s plans for the upcoming session, he says the party may have difficulty reigning in newly-elected representatives.

Farm Bureau Meeting In Louisville This Week

Every year, delegates meet to discuss business, receive awards, elect officers and to determine their legislative priorities.

Executive Vice President David Beck says the bureau may revise its stance on certain provisions in the healthcare overhaul law, but the main focus will likely be the upcoming farm bill.

Hospital Merger Talks Continue, Ethics Among Issues To Be Resolved

The University of Louisville is in talks to create a statewide medical network with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives. Groups such as Planned Parenthood have protested similar mergers between secular and religious institutions, saying Catholic doctrines can threaten contraceptive counseling, vasectomies, in vitro fertilization or other reproductive issues.

Cook Says Changes Are Coming To Passport

The board of directors of Medicaid manager Passport Health Plan met Thursday for the first time since an auditor’s report revealed inappropriate spending and conflicts of interest within the agency. Passport CEO and board chair Dr. Larry Cook says an interim-CEO will be hired to relieve him of his duties in that position.

U Of L Board Authorizes Initial Step In Healthcare Merger

Negotiations on a merger with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives began in March. The U of L Board of Trustees Thursday moved the talks forward by authorizing a letter of intent. The letter paves the way for the creation of a new healthcare system comprised of all three entities.

Senator Scott Brown Discusses Repeals, Cuts At U Of L

Brown’s speech largely focused on reducing spending and keeping taxes at their current levels. When asked where spending cuts should be made, he declined to specify, and said that could be determined through a thorough review of all government programs.