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Managed Care Issues Discussed In Frankfort

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Although Kentucky lawmakers are not considering any major health reforms this session, the topic often still makes it onto legislative agendas.  That was the case this week, as the Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard from mental health advocates. 

Representatives from organizations that provide assistance to those with mental illness believe Medicaid managed care is creating some hardships for patients.  Committee Chair Julie Denton's not sure if lawmakers can set aside more money for these services.

"Squeaky wheels get oiled and priorities get money, so we'll see who's squeaky and what the priorities end up being collectively of the general assembly,” said Denton.

Denton believes if anything can be done to place more money into mental illness care, it will happen during budget negotiations the end of March.

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