Archives for May 2020

Five Companies Land Kentucky Medicaid Contracts

Five insurance companies were awarded contracts worth nearly $8 billion a year to manage most of Kentucky’s Medicaid business, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday.

Landing the contracts were Aetna, Humana, Molina Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare, Beshear said. About 1.4 million people in Kentucky receive health coverage through Medicaid.

The Democratic governor refers to health care as a “basic human right.”

He said Friday that ensuring coverage for Medicaid recipients is “of the utmost importance to my administration.”

London Police Searching for Missing Teen

Police in London are asking for the public’s help to find a missing girl.

15-year-old Madison Paige Engle was last seen in the area of the Betty Jane Apartments on South US 25 in London.

She was last seen wearing black sweat pants, a white t-shirt and white Nike shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to please call dispatch at (606) 878-7000 or the London Police Department at (606) 878-7004.

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise Again Across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear reported an upswing in coronavirus cases across Kentucky on Friday, but cautioned that it’s too soon to reach any conclusions about the sudden surge.

The governor announced 283 more virus cases, increasing the statewide total to more than 9,460 cases since the pandemic began. Despite the one-day upswing, the state averaged 158 new cases the past four days — a decline from recent weeks.

Beshear also reported nine additional virus-related deaths in Kentucky, raising the state’s death count to at least 418.

KY HS Sports Teams Can Begin Limited Practices

Limited practices for Kentucky high school sports teams can begin June 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic.According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association revealed initial steps to resume sports in compliance with social distancing standards during a video conference meeting Thursday. High school sports activities were halted in March.Starting June 1, coaches can organize with players in groups of fewer than 10 without athletic activity.

KY COVID-19 Daily Update

In his daily update, the governor announced 113 new cases and nine new deaths in Kentucky.At least 9,184 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 409.3,181 people have recovered from the virus.221,118 Kentuckians have received tests.Deputy Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Josh Benton announced that more than 15,000 March and April pending unemployment claims were processed this week.

Former KY Finance Director Charged

A former Kentucky school finance director accused of stealing more than $1.6 million from a district over nearly a decade has pleaded guilty to federal charges, according to the U.S. Justice Department.Lesley Wade pleaded guilty to concealing money laundering and filing a fraudulent tax return, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Kentucky announced in a statement.She was accused of diverting funds from Franklin County Schools to herself through checks, as well as channeling money from the school district into accounts at a Frankfort church where she was a treasurer to make the checks “appear legitimate,” the statement said.

Re-using A Former Jail

Kentucky plans to reopen and operate a privately owned prison in a strategy aimed at shifting inmates from overcrowded county jails, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.The state will lease the Floyd County facility from Tennessee-based CoreCivic but will operate it as a state prison housing male inmates, Beshear said. The 656-bed facility will be called Southeast State Correctional Complex. It last held inmates in 2012.

McConnell Stresses Need For Masks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is stressing the importance of wearing masks in public as the nation’s economy reopens.In doing so, the Kentucky Republican walked himself into a politically charged issue.McConnell has toured hospitals this week in his home state. During the stops, he has stressed wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines to combat the coronavirus.His mask-wearing is in stark contrast to the unwillingness of a key political ally to do so.President Donald Trump has refused to wear face coverings and polls find that conservative Americans are more likely to not wear them.

Recreation Grant For Perry County Park

In Perry County park there are six miles of marked trails.”Three-point two miles of those marked trails are a part of the recreation trail programs grant,” said Ben Braman, chairperson for Pathfinders of Perry County.The grant from the Recreation Trail Program is an 80/20 match, worth up to $250,000.”Create more user-friendly trails that are a little bit lower in elevation for the general population,” said Braman. Allowing more access to wooded trails and help make paths for mountain biking. He says as people use lower trails they will build up their strength and fitness level for steeper ones.

Kentucky’s Unemployment Figures

More than 50,000 Kentucky residents applied for unemployment benefits last week, a slight increase that reflects continuing struggles in the labor market as a reopening economy tries to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.The 53,738 Kentuckians submitting new jobless claims was up by more than 6,410 from the prior week, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday. It halted what had been a recent downward trend in the number of Kentuckians applying for jobless aid.