New Moms Need to Take Postpartum Depression – aka the ‘Baby Blues’ – Seriously and Get the Help they Need

Insider Louisville LogoNew moms are often told by family members, friends, and co-workers that becoming a mother is among the happiest times she’ll ever experience.

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.

To hear more from Dr. Greenamyer, please click here. To read more, please click here.

 

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.

 

Passport’s Health and Well-Being Campus Project Featured on National Website

AHIPPassport’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

 

Screens may be changing, but parents still have to monitor kids’ ‘screen time’

Insider Louisville LogoParenting in the digital age is not what it used to be, and the consequences for people who ignore the amount of time that their children spend using electronic devices can be disastrous.

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.

 

Passport Sponsors Another Season of Friday Fest at Highview Park in Louisville

Passport Health Plan is sponsoring another summer of great local music in Louisville with Friday Fest at Highview Park.

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.

 

 

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.

 

Task Force Streamlines Human Trafficking Notification Process to Better Assist Victims, Investigations

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.”

 

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.

 

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.