Concerns about premiums, loss of dental and vision coverage for expansion population aired at Medicaid waiver hearing

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – FRANKFORT — An overflow crowd gathered in the Capitol Annex Wednesday afternoon to voice either their support or concerns with Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration’s proposed Medicaid waiver program, Kentucky HEALTH, that will go before the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on Aug. 1. The meeting also included the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance, which…

Danville approves resolution opposing pipeline proposal

The Associated Press – DANVILLE, KY. — The Danville City Commission has passed a resolution opposing the conversion of a natural gas pipeline to carry potentially hazardous natural gas solids through Boyle County. The Advocate-Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/297GU7s) the resolution, passed Monday, cites concerns over the volatility of Natural Gas Solids and the potential harm a leak…

Bevin names new U of L trustees

by Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson – Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday announced his 10 appointments to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Below is the list: J. David Grissom, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2022. John H. Schnatter, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2021. Sandra Frazier, of Louisville,…

Bevin takes control of ethics board appointments

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday issued an executive order stripping the state attorney general and auditor of their abilities to nominate candidates to the governor to appoint to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Bevin’s order declares “null and void” part of a 2008 executive order by then-Gov. Steve Beshear…

Bevin’s university cuts go to Ky high court

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Supreme Court agreed Monday to directly hear the appeal of the case challenging Gov. Matt Bevin’s directive for mid-year cuts to state funding of universities and community colleges. An order signed Monday morning by Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. expedites the hearing of the case,…

After Brexit, Kentucky congressman wants ‘Amexit’

  by Elizabeth Koh, ekoh@mcclatchy.com – Rep. Thomas Massie thinks it’s time for “amexit.” The Republican congressman from Kentucky renewed his call for America to leave the United Nations Saturday, days after citizens in the United Kingdom narrowly voted to leave the European Union. Massie, referencing the Brexit vote, suggested it might be America’s turn in a post on…

Lexington prepares for lawmakers convention featuring Calipari, Carville

by Jack Brammer, jbrammer@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — State lawmakers from across the South will be in Lexington July 9-13 for a conference that will include speeches by University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and the dynamic political duo of Mary Matalin and James Carville. Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, who will preside over the conference in wrapping…