KDE seeking information on ’20-21 school year wellness needs

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking input from classified staff across the state on their wellness needs in advance of the 2020-21 school year.

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete. Classified staff who wish to take the survey can go to surveymonkey.com/r/classifiedstaff_covidsurvey.

2 swimming beaches reopening at Daniel Boone National Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest is reopening two swimming beaches next week, and group camping areas and picnic shelters will be open to groups of up to 50 people, the Forest Service said.

The Twin Knobs and Zilpo swimming beaches at Cave Run Lake will reopen on Monday.

A complete list of sites reopening is available online.

Some amenities may be limited, the Forest Service said.

The agency is reopening sites in phases on a site-by-site basis. The forest reopened the Redbird Crest off-highway vehicle trail system and the Red River Gorge on May 22, most day use sites across the forest on June 3 and developed campgrounds on June 11.

Kentucky settles Medicaid dispute with 54 hospitals

Kentucky has settled a 13-year-old dispute with 54 rural hospitals over Medicaid reimbursement rates, officials said.

Kentucky and the federal government will pay $383 million to settle with hospitals that said they were underpaid by Medicaid, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday. The state’s portion will be about $94 million and the federal government, which provides the majority of Kentucky’s Medicaid money, will pay about $289 million.

Beshear said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell helped work out a resolution with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicaid is a joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

The dispute began in 2007 when a group of rural hospitals filed a protest over a change in reimbursement that stayed in effect for several years.

Leaders of several hospital systems told news outlets they were glad to have the matter resolved.

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