Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services continues to post updated resources on Kentucky HEALTH website

In an ongoing effort to keep all beneficiaries, stakeholders, and various partners up-to-date on the status of Medicaid and the Kentucky HEALTH program, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is continuing to post updated guidance and resources on the Kentucky HEALTH website.

All interested parties are encouraged to check out the Kentucky HEALTH Legal Decision Guide (for beneficiaries, providers, and partners), which was recently published on the Kentucky HEALTH website. This guide includes information about reinstated dental & vision benefits and non-emergency medical transportation, premium payments and reimbursements for Kentucky HEALTH, information about the impact of the legal decision on Medically Frail individuals, and more.

There has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation related to Kentucky HEALTH and coverage for Medicaid recipients. CHFS continues to remind people that benefits have not changed for pregnant women and children. Passport is collaborating with CHFS and working with providers and other community partners to address ongoing questions.

For other information related to Kentucky HEALTH, please visit KentuckyHEALTH.ky.gov and connect with CHFS on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Passport Plans Member Education Events Around South-Central Kentucky

Passport members and community advocates around south-central Kentucky have a number of upcoming opportunities to learn more about Passport Health Plan and the Kentucky HEALTH program through member education sessions and other events.

Passport will be hosting a series of sessions for members in which they can learn valuable information about Passport, fill out their health assessment, and receive a special gift for attending.

Some upcoming programs of interest are:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. on July 9 at the Edmonson County Public Library, 280 Ferguson St., in Brownsville.
  • 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon on July 11 at the Warren County Health Department, 1116 State St., Bowling Green.
  • 2 p.m. on July 17 at the TJ Samson Pavilion, 310 North L. Rogers Wells Blvd., Glasgow.

For more information, to RSVP, or to find other resources in your community, please contact Priscilla Schwartz, Passport Community Engagement Representative, at Priscilla.Schwartz@passporthealthplan.com.

 

Kentucky HEALTH kicks off on July 1 – Are you ready?

As you are likely aware, Kentucky has changed the way Medicaid works for some people. The state’s new program is called Kentucky HEALTH, which stands for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health,” and it officially begins on July 1.

Kentucky HEALTH offers health insurance for certain low-income adults and their families, encouraging them to do things that lead to better health and well-being.

There are five main parts of the Kentucky HEALTH program – Cost Sharing, Community Engagement/PATH (“Partnering to Advance Training and Health), My Rewards Account, Deductible Account, and Education & Training – and not everyone on Medicaid will be affected by all of the changes.

Thankfully, Passport and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) have created a number of resources to help you navigate these changes:

  • Passport has created “Your Guide to Kentucky HEALTH,” a guidebook that helps explain who is eligible for the different parts of Kentucky HEALTH and what their obligations will be. This information is available online at passporthealthplan.com/together.
  • Passport is also hosting a number of Member Education sessions all across Kentucky to help members understand how Kentucky HEALTH will affect them. The list of dates, times, and locations is available online at http://passporthealthplan.com/member-education-and-outreach.
  • Passport has also created educational information for the healthcare providers in our network, including a “Quick Reference Guide” book that details the changes and a series of eNews This information is available online by clicking here.
  • CHFS has produced an extensive website at kentuckyhealth.ky.gov that is filled with resources for individuals, providers, business, and community partners. These include toolkits, FAQs, pamphlets, videos, and more.

Passport members with questions should call the Passport Member Services department at 1-800-578-0603, and providers can call Passport at (502) 585-7900. More information is also available through social media, so be sure to follow both Passport and Kentucky HEALTH on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Passport Works with Federal and State Officials, Along with Military Reserves and Kentucky Air National Guard, to Provide Free Health Clinics in Eastern Kentucky

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.

For more information, please click here.

 

Kentuckians on Medicaid Can Switch Health Plans During Special Open Enrollment Period Through May 31

KY Health NoticeKentucky 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.

 

Passport Plans Workshops for Providers in our Network that Will Focus on Kentucky HEALTH

Passport logoPassport Health Plan is presenting a series Provider Workshops to focus on Kentucky HEALTH and how it may affect our providers’ practices.

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.

For more information, please click here. To RSVP for a workshop or a webinar, 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.

 

 

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.

 

DMS Notifies Northern Kentucky Residents About their Community Engagement (PATH) Requirements Under Kentucky HEALTH

KY Health NoticeThe Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has 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.

PATH stands for Partnering to Advance Training and Health.

Please note that this is ONLY for residents of Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton counties – other regions/counties will be notified at later dates.

For more information, please go online to www.kentuckyhealth.ky.gov and click on “Community Engagement”