Passport Discusses Requested Zoning Change for Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville

Well Being Campus LogoPassport held a public meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning for the Health and Well-Being Campus that is being planned in the West End of Downtown Louisville.

During this meeting, Jon Baker, an attorney with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, discussed the zoning request that Passport will be making.

Passport is requesting a zoning change from C1 (Commercial), EZ1 (Enterprise Zone) and R6 (Multi-Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development). This is because PD zoning is a good fit here, allowing Passport to have design flexibility while maintaining oversight that ensures every building fits into the vision of the Health and Well-Being Campus. PD zoning respects and supports the existing neighborhood, integrating the new development to ensure it is compatible; it provides flexible design standards to create a livable community; and it promotes efficient and economic land usage.

In the next few weeks, Passport will file a zoning application with Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services. During this step, agencies like MSD, Public Works, the Fire Department and Health Department also have a chance to review the plans. Once their comments are addressed, Passport will be scheduled to attend the Land Development & Transportation Committee, which is open to the public. If LD&T determines that everything is in order, they will set another Public Hearing date. After the Public Hearing, the plan goes through Metro Council which has final say on the re-zoning. This entire process usually takes 6 to 8 months.

Nothing in this process will derail the current construction under way on the headquarters.

 

‘Pet therapy’ Can Help Many People Through the Healing Process, No Matter the Challenges

Insider Louisville LogoFor many hospital patients and residents of assisted-living facilities, medicine is not always what’s needed most. Sometimes, they just need something to smile about. And that’s where animal-assisted therapy can be a real benefit.

Animal-assisted therapy, also known as pet therapy, is recognized by those in the medical profession as a “growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Linda Laun saw the benefits of pet therapy first-hand when she was a little girl and her ailing grandmother snuck out of the hospital to see her dog, Patsy, in the parking lot. She said that even though her grandmother was in great pain, her face lit up at the sight of her dog.

“When she was interacting with Patsy, she had a tiny piece of tranquility. It made a huge difference in her life,” Laun said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “I recognized the impact dogs can have on people. When I had time, I got more involved and started a therapy program.”

Today, Laun heads Wonderful Animals Giving Support (WAGS) Pet Therapy of Kentucky, Inc., which utilizes the human-animal bond to bring smiles to the faces of those who are mentally, physically or emotionally challenged. To hear more from Laun, please click here. For more information about pet therapy, please click here.

Kentucky and Jefferson County Health Officials Encourage All Residents to Get Hepatitis A Vaccine

Because of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is recommending everyone residing in Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties get vaccinated.

So far this year, 214 cases have been reported in the Jefferson County/Louisville area – the county usually has 1-3 cases per year. Meanwhile, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties have each reported 5 or more cases, for a total 311 cases associated with the outbreak. One death has been reported.

“Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable illness,” Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting DPH commissioner, said in a news release. “DPH recommends all children, ages 1 year through 18, receive the Hepatitis A vaccine, as well as adults who want to protect themselves from an acute hepatitis A infection. In these counties with local transmission of the hepatitis A virus, we recommend everyone be vaccinated per guidelines to help stop this outbreak.”

Dr. Sarah Moyer, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, is also encouraging all residents to take action.

“I am asking you to help us as we encourage everyone in our city to protect themselves and others by 1) practicing good hand washing and 2) getting vaccinated,” she said, adding that a person with hepatitis A can be contagious for up to two weeks before they ever show signs or symptoms of illness.

Since 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended children receive the hepatitis A vaccine series. Effective July 1, 2018, all Kentucky students in kindergarten through 12th grade must receive two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school or receive a provisional certificate of immunization, unless their parents claim an exemption.

Signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and fever.

The disease often is transmitted when people do not wash their hands properly or do not have access to proper sanitation. Along with the vaccination, DPH recommends adults and children wash their hands often – particularly after using the restroom or before consuming food. Hand sanitizer should be used only when soap and water is unavailable.

The hepatitis A vaccine does not contain a live virus and is extremely effective, Dr. Moyer said. The vaccine is available at healthcare providers (check with your doctor), at Kroger pharmacies and Little Clinics, and at pharmacies like Walgreens and Rite Aid. People are encouraged to call ahead to ensure that the provider has the vaccine and that there is no cost as long as the person has health insurance. Those who do not have insurance can go online to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/hepatitis for locations offering the vaccine.

 

Passport Plans Public Meeting to Discuss Requested Zoning Change

Well Being Campus LogoProperty owners and neighborhood group representatives who live and work near the site of the future Passport Health Plan headquarters building and Health and Well-Being Campus at 18th and West Broadway in Downtown Louisville are invited to an informal meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning.

Passport has filed applications with Metro Louisville Planning & Design for a change in zoning to Planned Development (PD) and variance relief involving the property at and near 1800 W. Broadway, 1912 W. Broadway, 2014 W. Broadway, and 2028 W. Broadway. This will be an informal meeting to give residents the opportunity to review the proposed plans and provide comments.

  • WHAT: Informal meeting to discuss applications for a change in zoning
  • WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17
  • WHERE: Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School, 1615 W. Broadway, Louisville
  • RSVP: Please go online to www.passportwellbeing.com or call (502) 585-7301

Representatives of Passport will explain the proposal and address any questions that residents may have. Due to the short length of this meeting, there will be no refreshments served. For more information, please click here.

 

State Announces Roll Out Plan for all Counties’ PATH Requirements Under Kentucky HEALTH

Recently, the ​Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) started to notify Medicaid members who will be affected by Kentucky HEALTH and live in Northern Kentucky that they may need to complete 80 hours of PATH/Community Engagement activities each month to use their medical benefits, effective July 1.

In a follow-up, they have announced how the rollout will continue for all additional counties around the Commonwealth. As you can see in this map, the rest of the state will start their PATH activities on either October 1, November 1, or December 1, depending on what Workforce Investment Board (WIB) region they are in. (Note: Residents of the eight counties in Southeast Kentucky that are not shaded will not be required to complete PATH activities at this time.)

PATH, which stands for “Partnering to Advance Training and Health,” is the component of Kentucky HEALTH where some members need to participate in activities to keep their medical benefits. These activities can include looking for a job, volunteering, caregiving for an elderly family member, job training, participating in substance abuse treatment, enrolling in classes, or working, according to kentuckyhealth.ky.gov.

People enrolled in Kentucky HEALTH who have a PATH requirement will get more information 90 days before they are required to start reporting their PATH hours at www.citizenconnect.ky.gov.

 

 

Passport Sponsors WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday Concerts in Downtown Louisville All Summer Long

Passport Health Plan is excited to sponsor the 2018 season of WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series, which takes place in Downtown Louisville on the last Wednesday of the month from April through September.

Passport will have a tent at each concert, where we will be able to answer your questions and give away some educational information and fun stuff.

The Great Lawn opens at 5 p.m. for each show, with the music beginning at 6 p.m. The concerts are all free and open to all ages. The dates for this year’s shows (rain or shine) are:

  • April 25
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 29
  • September 26

For more information, including a complete FAQ guide and updated list of performers, go online to wfpk.org.

 

Special Enrollment Period Allows Kentucky HEALTH-Eligible Adults to Change MCOs if They Want

A Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is occurring April 1 through May 31 for Kentucky HEALTH-eligible households in which adult members of the household are enrolled in different managed care organizations (MCOs) such as Passport.

Starting July 1, these Medicaid members will be required to pay a monthly premium to each MCO represented by the; if family members are in the same MCO, they will pay only one premium. The SEP is occurring so that households may select one of the MCOs the household currently uses now.

Members can contact their local Application Assister, visit www.benefind.ky.gov or call 1-855-446-1245 to make changes to their household’s MCO.

Please note that children do not have to pay premiums, so they can remain on a separate MCO from the adults, if needed.

The notice content and related FAQs can be found online at kentuckyhealth.ky.gov.

 

Passport Plans Member Education Sessions Around West Louisville

Passport Health Plan members and community advocates in West Louisville have a number of opportunities to learn more about Passport through member education sessions and other events.

Diane Corsey, Passport Community Engagement Representative, will be hosting Member Education Sessions for Passport members in which they will learn valuable information about their benefits, fill out their health assessment, and receive a special gift for attending.

Some upcoming programs of interest are:

  • Wednesday, April 4: Sister Visitor Center, 2235 W. Market St.
  • Monday, April 9: Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, 234 Amy Ave.
  • Thursday, April 12: Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway
  • Saturday, April 14: Family Spring Explosion: Molly Leonard Portland Community Center, 640 N. 27th St.
  • Tuesday, April 17: Park Duvalle Community Health Center, 3015 Wilson Ave.
  • Wednesday, April 18: Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway
  • Thursday, April 19: Ujima Neighborhood Place, 3610 Bohne Ave.
  • Tuesday, April 24: California Community Center, 1600 W. Catherine St.
  • Saturday, April 29: Kentucky Derby Festival GospelFest: St. Stephen Church, 1018 S. 15th St.

For specific times and to RSVP, or to help find other resources in your community, please contact Diane at diane.corsey@passporthealthplan.com.