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.
Sen. Tim Shaughnessy, a Democrat from Louisville, has asked a legislative committee to meet next month to discuss the possible replacement of the Passport board.
Kentucky’s largest state contract with Passport is the subject of a scathing state audit that points to lavish spending on consultants, travel, and meals, and a large cash reserve. But the audit reveals no criminal wrongdoing.
Luallen says auditors found that as Passport Health Plan’s excess revenues grew, so did questionable spending on travel, gifts, lobbying and salaries.
The University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics has launched a new program to help combat childhood obesity in a state that has more overweight children than 48 others. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The program — called Healthy for Life — is housed in the Children’s Hospital Foundation Building downtown (601 S. Floyd St.) and […]