Following the March 14 groundbreaking and community celebration attended by hundreds of friends and supporters, Passport Health Plan named Paul Mattingly/Congleton Hacker (PMCH) Construction as the general contractor to build its headquarters, parking garage, and surrounding public plazas.
Recently, PMCH began mobilizing at the site, installing temporary fencing and office trailers.
Over the coming weeks, 1800 West Broadway will become an active construction site with demolition of the abandoned day care and car wash buildings, making way for the new four-story Passport headquarters, slated for completion in Spring 2020.
So why is it that nearly one in four new moms experience profound sadness, anxiety, or depression in the first six weeks after the new baby goes home?
“In TV shows and movies, it shows that it should be the happiest point in your life,” Dr. Amy Greenamyer, a Louisville counselor who specializes in women’s issues, fertility, and pregnancy-related adjustment, says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “You should be thrilled to have this new baby. But many feel regrets about having gotten pregnant to begin with. ‘What did we do to our lives, we’ve ruined our lives.’ There’s guilt that comes with those types of thoughts, because we should be happy about this.”
The fact is that having a new person in your home requires an adjustment, not just by the mother, but by all those in her support circle. Feelings of fear and doubt are common.
Passport is joining the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Military’s reserve forces, along with the Kentucky Department for Local Government and the Kentucky Air National Guard, to present a series of health clinics in Eastern Kentucky that are open to all.
The program, dubbed “Operation Bobcat Medical IRT,” features clinics that will provide medical screenings, dental exams, and optical exams at no cost. IRT stands for Innovative Readiness Training.
The clinics will take place from June 15 to June 24 and be located at four Eastern Kentucky high schools – Breathitt County High, Estill County High, Lee County High, and Owsley County High. The clinics will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The clinics are for people ages 2 and up, and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. No proof of insurance or identification is needed to be seen.
A Passport representative will be in attendance at every clinic (except for the Sunday clinics) to answer questions about Passport, the Kentucky HEALTH program, or anything else that is needed.
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Passport’s announcement in 2017 that it would be moving its corporate headquarters to be the centerpiece of a new Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville generated a lot of regional and national interest, and that interest is not waning.
A recent article from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) highlights the work that Passport plans to do, both in the new building and with community partners around the new campus.
“We’ve always said that good health is about more than just going to the doctor,” Passport CEO Mark Carter says in the article. “Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of our members, and we really take that to heart. This campus and our new headquarters building will be our chance to show how a health plan can really transform health outcomes for an entire community.”
AHIP is the national association whose members provide coverage for health care and related services that improve and protect the health and financial security of consumers, families, businesses, communities and the nation. AHIP advocates for public policies that expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality, and innovation. For details, go online to www.ahip.org
In previous generations, the topic of “screen time” was controversial as well, as parents debated the amount of time they should allow their children to watch television. Today’s kids have many more choices, and many of them spend countless hours playing video games or communicating through texting and social media. And with smartphones and tablets being more prevalent, children and teens are able to conduct these activities out of sight of their parents.
Dr. Greg Robson is a general pediatrician at Oldham County Pediatrics in LaGrange. He says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville that in the 14 years he has been practicing, the evolution of screen time has moved the topic up the list of concerns.
“Something that used to be modest and inconsequential is now affecting greater activities on a daily basis for the patients in our practice, and I would guess for our communities at large,” he said.
To hear more from Dr. Robson, please click here.
Two acts play during each event, which start at 6 p.m. every other Friday from June 1 thought August 10. Along with great music, attendees can purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, and water during the event.
Dates and headliners are:
- June 1 – Johnny Berry and the Outliners
- June 15 – JD Shelbourne
- June 29 – Monarchs
- July 13 – The Wolfe Brothers
- July 27 – 100 % Poly
- August 10 – Justin Paul Lewis
Highview Park is located at 7201 Outer Loop in Louisville, with parking available behind the park. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Kentucky adults who are on Medicaid and enrolled with different health plans within the same household are currently able to consolidate into a single managed care organization (MCO) during a special Open Enrollment Period.
Starting on July 1, 2018, if there are multiple adults on Kentucky HEALTH in one household who are enrolled with different MCO – such as Passport – they will need to pay a premium to each MCO (if premiums are required of the individuals). Beneficiaries in this situation may choose to consolidate to one MCO for the household during a Special Enrollment Period that is currently running through May 31.
To change MCOs, Kentuckians are asked to go online to www.benefind.ky.gov, or to call the Kentucky Department for Community-Based Services (DCBS) at 1-855-446-1245 or 1-800-635-2570. To find more help, Kentuckians should click here or go online to www.khbe.ky.gov for more information.
More information is available online at the state’s official Kentucky HEALTH website, www.kentuckyhealth.ky.gov.
Louisville has its red carpet rolled out for Kentucky Derby visitors, who may or may not realize the thousands of compassionate acts that have gone into making the city sparkle.
A record 205,000 acts of compassion and volunteerism took place as part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give a Day Week. That number includes more than 19,000 people who joined the Brightside and Passport Health Plan Spring Community Wide Cleanups, removing litter and debris from neighborhoods, parks and schools.
Nowhere is the need for compassion more pronounced than in the healthcare field. Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation co-sponsors a special program, along with Passport and Insider Louisville, to recognize and honor those who have shown a sincere commitment to compassion in their daily lives. Dozens of people from throughout the city’s health care sector were nominated for awards, and seven were recognized as winners at the Third Annual Commitment to Compassion Luncheon at the Frazier History Museum in February. Click here to read more about two of them.
Attorney General Andy Beshear and Catholic Charities of Louisville recently released the 2017 Human Trafficking Task Force Reportthat focuses on Kentucky’s coordinated efforts to fight human trafficking.
The report highlights Kentucky’s new streamlined notification process that better assists in investigations and follow-up victim services for reported cases of human trafficking across the state.
The changes allow for a quicker response to incidents of suspected human trafficking in Kentucky and is one of numerous efforts outlined in the annual report of the Kentucky Human Trafficking Task Force, of which Passport Health Plan is a member.
The report is the first overall look at the state’s coordinated efforts to fight human trafficking since Beshear’s office and Catholic Charities of Louisville, co-chairs of the task force, received a federal grant in 2016. The grant was the first from the U.S Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Victims of Crime ever awarded to a Kentucky agency for human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is a growing and gruesome crime in the Commonwealth,” Beshear said in a news release. “In order to combat it, we needed to streamline the information sharing protocols between our federal, state and local task force members to more efficiently respond to reports of human trafficking. Now, law enforcement can immediately investigate and advocates can immediately offer victim services.”
There are 7 workshops being planned around the Commonwealth in May, along with 3 webinars, and all providers are being asked and encouraged to attend one of the workshops in their area. The workshops will be held:
- Monday, May 14: Receptions, 1379 Donaldson Hwy, Erlanger
- Tuesday, May 15: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, 2840 W Parrish Ave., Owensboro
- Wednesday, May 16: National Corvette Museum, 350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green
- Thursday, May 17: Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, 395 Paroquet Springs Drive, Shepherdsville
- Tuesday, May 22: Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville, 849 Hambley Blvd., Pikeville
- Wednesday, May 23: Embassy Suites at Lexington Green, 245 Lexington Green Cir., Lexington
- Thursday, May 24: University of Louisville Shelby Hurst Campus, 450 N. Whittington Pkwy., Louisville
All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to noon (local time) and will include lunch. There will also be webinars planned for providers who can’t attend one of these workshops.