Passport joins with ADA to present ‘Super Saturday’ event in Lexington

ADA-passport-logoPassport and the American Diabetes Association are presenting a special event on Saturday, November 18, in Lexington for residents to come out and learn all about eating better and moving more.

The “Super Saturday” event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be at the William Wells Brown Community Center at 548 E. Sixth St. in Lexington, is open to the public and will have information for people with diabetes, people with prediabetes, and people who want to help minimize their risk for getting diabetes.

The event will have speakers to provide education and motivation, opportunities for attendees to participate in chair exercises, and a good sampling of healthy food options. There will also be vendors to visit and an opportunity for a free kidney screening, courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation.

To register for the event, please go online to or call (859) 268-9129.


Passport co-sponsors ‘Live Empowered’ event to teach people about diabetes

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and Charla Young are proud to present a special “Live Empowered” event designed to teach people how to live, thrive, and survive with diabetes.

The event – which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, at St. Stephen Family Life Center, 1508 W. Kentucky St. in Louisville – aims to teach people who work with churches, community centers, and community health workers all about the ADA resources that are available.

Charla Young is an author, blogger, motivational speaker, internet radio show host, and host of an empowerment reality television show. She created the Power to Exhale movement to establish a community of love, support and positivity for all women of all ages, all races and all financial and socio-economic backgrounds, according to its Facebook page.

If you’re interested in attending the event, please RSVP by July 31 to or (859) 268-9129 ext. 3322. Click here for more information. Complimentary lunch will be served for attendees.


Passport and American Diabetes Association encourage all Kentuckians to take part in Diabetes Alert Day

ADA-passport-logoAre you at risk for developing diabetes? The American Diabetes Association and Passport Health Plan are asking all Kentuckians to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test in honor of all the Association’s annual Alert Day set for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Alert Day is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes across Kentucky and our country.

Companies and/or organizations interested in participating in Alert Day can download the complete e-toolkit by visiting

The following locations in Lexington will have screenings on Alert Day, March 28, from 10 am to 2 pm:

  • Walmart – 4051 Nicholasville Road
  • Walmart North Park Marketplace – 500 New Circle Road

Paper type 2 diabetes risk tests and other diabetes materials will also be available on Alert Day from 10 am to 2 pm at the following locations:

  • Walmart- 112 Osbourne Way, Georgetown
  • Walmart- 2350 Grey Lag Way, Lexington

The following locations in Louisville will have screenings on Alert Day from 9 am to 2 pm:

  • Neighborhood Place Ujima – 3610 Bohne Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place Charmoli – 200 Juneau Drive, Suite 200
  • Neighborhood Place3 South Central – 4255 Hazelwood Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place South Jefferson/Fairdale – 1000 Neighborhood Place
  • Family Health Centers Portland – 2215 Portland Ave.

For more information, please click here.


Passport Health Plan Continued to Help Kentuckians Live Healthier Lives in 2016

Passport logoIt was a busy and very productive year for Passport Health Plan, as the nonprofit, community-based managed care organization (MCO) has seen extensive growth in membership and continued to help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.

Some highlights during the year include:

  • Passport and Evolent Health announced the formation of a strategic alliance that created The Medicaid Center of Excellence (MCOE), which combines Passport’s expertise in Medicaid managed care with Evolent’s industry-leading technology and operations to offer centralized services for provider-led Medicaid health plans nationwide.
  • Passport was once again named the top Medicaid plan in Kentucky, rated a 4 out of 5 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for the second straight year, according to “NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017.”
  • Passport received the highest number of five-star “excellent” ratings as tallied by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) in their “2017 Guide to Choosing a Medicaid Health Plan,” which compared the five Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) that serve Kentucky Medicaid members.
  • Passport became a statewide sponsor of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to raise awareness about healthy nutrition, exercise and other steps Kentuckians can take to avoid the onset of diabetes, which affects close to 600,000 Kentuckians affected by diabetes and over 1.1 million at risk for diabetes.

Please click here for a closer look at some of the more notable events that happened in 2016 for Passport.


Kentucky has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the U.S.

Kentucky now has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” currently at 34.6 percent, up from 21.7 percent in 2000 and from 12.7 percent in 1990.

According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, are higher than 30 percent in 25 states, and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent.

Between 2014 and 2015, U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, according to the report.

The report also looked at childhood obesity (Kentucky ranks eighth in the nation in the percentage of 10- to 17-year-olds that are obese), related health issues (Kentucky is fourth with an adult diabetes rate of 13.4% and sixth with an adult hypertension rate of 39.0%), and other factors.

The State of Obesity is a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more information, please go online to


Passport sponsors National Healthy Lunch Day around Kentucky to encourage healthy eating

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan and the American Diabetes Association are celebrating National Healthy Lunch Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to highlight the importance of good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the event, which encourages and motivates Kentucky residents to commit to eating a healthy lunch every day, organizations are encouraged to inform and empower their employees or members to eat right with every bite.

“There is quite a bit of confusion about what to eat because many options are full of calories yet lack nutritional value,” says Lisa Bellafato, health educator for Passport Health Plan. “This can contribute to rising rates of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity-related illnesses. Passport Health Plan is proud to sponsor National Healthy Lunch Day and partner with the American Diabetes Association all around the Commonwealth because we feel that this event will help inform and empower our fellow Kentuckians to make smarter food choices and live healthier lives.”

For more information about National Healthy Lunch Day and how you can participate, please click here.


Passport brings Diabetes Health and Resource Fair to Louisville on November 5

Passport logoPassport Health Plan is sponsoring a Diabetes Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, November 5, in Louisville.

The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will take place at the Southwest Regional Library, 9725 Dixie Hwy., in Louisville. It is free of charge and no registration is required. You do not need to be a Passport member to attend.

There will be a number of different vendors at the event, offering diabetes screenings and educational information about resources that are available in the community to help people live healthier lives.

There will also be entertainment, refreshments, and much more!


Passport partners with Kentucky chapter of the American Diabetes Association to reduce diabetes and improve health outcomes

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan has signed on as a Kentucky sponsor of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Through this partnership, Passport and the ADA will partner on multiple community events and programs across the state that will benefit close to 600,000 Kentuckians affected by diabetes and over 1.1 million at risk for diabetes. The community events and programs address the seriousness of diabetes prevention and management, as well as teaching the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Events to raise awareness include:

  • “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes,” on September 24 in Louisville
  • “I Decided To Stop Diabetes,” in Lexington on November 19
  • “National Healthy Lunch Day,” on November 15
  • And many other events all around the Commonwealth

“Kentucky is currently ranked near the bottom nationally among residents who have diabetes,” said Mark B. Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan. “Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about good nutrition, exercise and other steps Kentuckians can take to avoid the onset of this disease. We will also be working to assist the ADA in promoting preventive care for those already diagnosed. For instance, annual eye exams and foot care are critical in maintaining health and quality of life for people who have diabetes.”

For more on the ADA, please click here. To learn more about this partnership, please click here.


Overall U.S. death rate declines after seeing rare rise in 2015

CDC imageThe overall U.S. mortality rate declined in the first quarter of this year, according to preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The news came as a relief to researchers who had been taken aback by a rise in the nation’s death rate in 2015, an event that has happened only a few times in the past 25 years. Researchers believed the increase was due in part by a rise in fatal drug overdoses, which have been on the upswing since the 1990s.

“This is good news, given that there was an increase in mortality in 2015,” Andrew Fenelon, assistant professor of health administration at the University of Maryland, said in a New York Times article. “Maybe the 2015 increase was a quick blip, and the trend of decline will continue.”

The mortality rate — a measure of deaths per 100,000 people — is a key indicator of the health of the nation. It almost always declines, driven by improvements in medical care and healthier living through diet and exercise.

The data showed decreases for a number of illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, and others. The data is based on all death records received by the center as of June 19 and could still change.

Kentucky seniors’ health ranking increases in new report, but state still lags in overall health outcomes

Kentucky seniors are making some progress in their health, according to a new report, but the state still ranks last in overall health outcomes and 44th in determiners of those outcomes, meaning that we’ve still got a long way to go.

The state moved up three spots, from 48th to 45th, in the fourth annual America’s Health Rankings Senior Report (Massachusetts rose five places to claim the top spot, while Louisiana remained at the bottom in 50th place). Meanwhile, in the 2015 America’s Health Rankings (all ages), Kentucky ranks 44th.

According to the report, Kentucky seniors had three strengths – a low prevalence of excessive drinking, a low percentage of low-care nursing home residents, and a high flu vaccination coverage– and three weaknesses – a high prevalence of physical inactivity, a high rate of preventable hospitalizations, and a high prevalence of full-mouth teeth extractions.

The 2016 report provides a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 35 measures of senior health. It is built upon the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

This year, the report took an in-depth look at today’s middle-aged population who will age into senior status (65+) over the next 14 years and examined how the challenges of that generation will impact the senior population. Overall, today’s middle-aged population smokes less, but will be entering their senior years with higher rates of obesity and diabetes and lower rates of high health status, putting significant strain on the health care system. Compared to the current senior population when they were middle-aged, the next wave of seniors:

  • Smokes 50% less
  • Has a 55% higher prevalence of diabetes
  • Has a 25% higher prevalence of obesity
  • Has a 9% lower prevalence of very good or excellent health status

The report was produced by the United Health Foundation. For more information, please click here.