Lisa Gillespie (KPR)

WFPL Reporter

Lisa Gillespie is WFPL's Health and Innovation Reporter. Most recently, she was a reporter for Kaiser Health News. During her career, Gillespie has covered all things health — from Medicaid and Medicare payment policy and rural hospital closures to science funding and the dietary supplement market.

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Health insurer Anthem will start paying for some emergency room visits that they deem “non-emergencies” following pushback from ER doctors and patients.

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On Monday, President Donald Trump released his proposed annual budget, which is a vision for what he wants to see spent and not spent this year. One major change would be to federal funding for food for low-income Americans, which comes through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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Dentist Garth Bobrowski gives away thousands of dollars in free dental care for patients who can’t afford it in his small town of Greensburg, Kentucky.

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Changes to the Medicaid program are coming in Kentucky. The Medicaid expansion population will lose access to vision and dental benefits starting July 1, but they will be able to earn points for those services.

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Several advocacy groups are suing the federal government on behalf of 15 Kentuckians who are enrolled in Medicaid, saying that Kentucky’s recently approved Medicaid changes violate the Social Security Act.

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  Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing San Francisco-based opioid distributor McKesson Corporation for allegedly “flooding” the commonwealth with opioids.

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Gov. Matt Bevin said he will take away Medicaid expansion coverage from about half a million Kentuckians if a court blocks Medicaid changes that were approved last week.

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The federal government has approved most of Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid program.

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  Teens who use e-cigarettes, hookah, chewing tobacco and other cigarette alternatives are almost twice as likely to eventually smoke cigarettes than teens who never use those alternatives. That’s according to a new study out Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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  On Tuesday, Kindred announced the company is being split:Kindred’s long-term care and rehab hospitals will be sold to two private equity firms and its home health and hospice agencies will now be partially owned by insurance company Humana. The sales, if approved, will likely mean changes to the care patients receive.

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