State Responds to Medicaid Operator Ending Contract

This is an update to an earlier story. The commissioner of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services says CoventryCares cannot end its contract this Friday with a major Eastern Kentucky healthcare provider. As WFPL reported Wedndesay, a federal judge ordered Appalachian Regional Healthcare and CoventryCares to talk through their issues before appearing in court […]

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Ordered to Discuss Issues With Medicaid Operator

A federal judge has ordered Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider and one of its major Medicaid operators to talk through their issues before appearing in court this week. Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) filed suit last month against CoventryCares, which is one of four private Medicaid managed care operators (MCO) in Kentucky. Last year, the state privatized Medicaid […]

Healthcare Provider Sues Medicaid Care Operators

The main healthcare provider for eastern Kentucky, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, has filed suit against two of the state’s four Medicaid managed care operators. In complaints filed this week, Appalachian Regional Healthcare alleges Coventry Health and Kentucky Spirit Health Plan owe the provider over $17 million in back payments. Kentucky privatized Medicaid statewide last November to […]

Black Bear Hunting Season To Open In Three Kentucky Counties

Kentucky’s third annual black bear hunt begins tomorrow in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties. Eastern Kentucky’s black bear population was almost non-existent for decades, but Steven Dobey with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the numbers have grown sufficiently to allow a limited hunt. “Hunting in an of itself is really the […]

National Science Foundation Grant Funds UK Economic Development Study

The University of Kentucky has received nearly half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation to study economic development in eastern Kentucky. The study involves faculty from UK’s business school and schools of social work, public health, sociology and agriculture. Business professor Walter Ferrier is the study’s principal investigator. He says the researchers will […]

Unrest in Lybia, EPA Tours Eastern Kentucky: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Opposition forces are in control of most of Tripoli, but Moammar Gaddafi‘s whereabouts remain unclear. The Pentagon believes he’s still in the country. The rebel National Transitional Council reportedly has a 70-page plan for leading Libya over the next few months, but there are many unanswered questions. Will they turn over Gaddafi and his […]

EPA Officials Hear Concerns About Mining, Water Pollution in Eastern Kentucky

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency are in Kentucky, touring areas in the eastern part of the state and meeting with residents who are concerned about the effect of coal mining on their communities. At a community meeting last night in Whitesburg, the officials listened to residents describe their problems with coal dust, mountaintop removal […]

Checking in With Erica Peterson in Eastern Kentucky

WFPL Environment Reporter Erica Peterson is in eastern Kentucky. She’s following Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming and senior advisor for environmental justice Lisa Garcia as they tour communities affected by coal mining. Today, she called the newsroom with updates on her trip. From Erica: The first stop was in Manchester. There’s a woman […]

BBC Report Covers Federal Spending in “Traditional Dependent Kentucky”

Kentucky’s reliance on federal aid was the focus of a story this morning on the BBC News Hour. The reporter visited Republican Congressman Hal Rogers’s eastern district and talked with a food bank visitor who had run out of options for food and was terrified that government services would be cut (about half of the […]

Western Kentucky Coal Production Increases, While Eastern Slumps

According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal production in eastern Kentucky declined in 2010, even though the industry saw a slight boost in western Kentucky. The variance in production is partially due to the different mining conditions found in the two regions. In eastern Kentucky, coal production declined by nearly 10 […]