Affordable Care Act Will Help Expand Family Health Centers

Family Health Centers in Louisville will expand under provisions in the federal healthcare overhaul law. The Affordable Care Act includes funding for grants to community health centers. Family Health Centers will receive $5.3 million dollars under the act to treat more patients. The bulk of the funds will be used to move an east Broadway… Continue reading Affordable Care Act Will Help Expand Family Health Centers

Poll Shows Kentuckians Support Universal Healthcare, But Not Federal Healthcare Law

A new poll shows Kentuckians are becoming increasingly aware of the commonwealth’s health issues and willing to act on them. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted annually by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The latest poll for last year was just released this week and found many Kentuckians worry about childhood obesity and… Continue reading Poll Shows Kentuckians Support Universal Healthcare, But Not Federal Healthcare Law

Eastern Kentucky Provider Sues to Maintain Adequate Healthcare Protection

Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider is suing the state and two major managed care operators (MCO) for failing to manage the new privatized Medicaid system. Appalachian Regional Healthcare, which provides a majority of the healthcare services to eastern Kentucky (locations noted on map), may soon lack adequate protection against high medical costs. Kentucky Spirit and… Continue reading Eastern Kentucky Provider Sues to Maintain Adequate Healthcare Protection

Sen. Paul Files Brief in Supreme Court Against Federal Healthcare Overhaul

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Circuit Court’s decision that the new federal healthcare law is unconstitutional. The deadline to submit a brief has passed and several briefs for and against the new federal healthcare law’s individual mandates have been filed. Paul was in Louisville Wednesday to discuss… Continue reading Sen. Paul Files Brief in Supreme Court Against Federal Healthcare Overhaul

General Electric Expands New Healthcare Program to Louisville

General Electric is trying to create a more integrated health system in the company’s main areas of operation. This includes Louisville, where GE expects to add 1,000 employees by 2014. “For us to continue to be competitive as a global company, as an American based company, we need to be able to tackle some of… Continue reading General Electric Expands New Healthcare Program to Louisville

U of L Officials Welcome Indigent Care Fund Audit

The trust that funds a portion of indigent care at University of Louisville Hospital will be audited. U of L President James Ramsey asked for an audit of the Quality and Charity Care Trust earlier this month. The request came after the Jefferson County Attorney revealed that the trust’s board hasn’t met in over two… Continue reading U of L Officials Welcome Indigent Care Fund Audit

Women’s Political Caucus Joins Voices Against Merger

Click here for all of our reporting on this issue.  The Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus is now opposing the University of Louisville Hospital merger. University Hospital is poised to merge with Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. Earlier this year, the caucus purchased ad space in the Courier-Journal to… Continue reading Women’s Political Caucus Joins Voices Against Merger

Board of Health Mulling Recommendations on Hospital Merger

The Louisville Board of Health is continuing its deliberations on the pending hospital merger. The board held a public forum with officials from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives last month to clear up concerns that Catholic-led supervision would affect access and availability of care. Some procedures will be banned… Continue reading Board of Health Mulling Recommendations on Hospital Merger

Skeptics Continue Questioning Hospital Merger

A group that’s critical of the pending hospital merger has released another round of questions for the merging partners. Honi Goldman leads the unnamed group. Her questions for University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives largely concern funding for the merger and the final management structure of the merged entity. The deal is… Continue reading Skeptics Continue Questioning Hospital Merger

Hospital Representatives Answer Board of Health Questions

The principals from the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives will appear at a Metro Board of Health forum on the 19th. In advance of that event, the board has posted the responses to an in-depth questionnaire it sent the principals asking how care will change… Continue reading Hospital Representatives Answer Board of Health Questions