MEDICARE: Kentucky

STATE AGENCIES:

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is home to most of the state’s human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health.

Janie Miller, Secretary | Cabinet for Health and Family Services | 275 E. Main Street, 5W-A | Frankfort, KY 40621 | Phone: (502) 564-7042 | E-mail: janie.miller@ky.gov | http://chfs.ky.gov/os/default.htm

Miller brings more than 30 years of experience to her current position, including 21 years developing and administering health care programs. Her career also includes more than 15 years of service in the former state Cabinet for Human Resources. Prior to her appointment as secretary, Miller held the position of deputy director of budget review for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. In this role, she was responsible for assisting legislators in developing budget bills for all three branches of government.

Under former Governor Paul Patton, Miller served as Public Protection Cabinet Secretary from May 2002 to November 2003, continuing in the role of commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance while serving as cabinet secretary. She also has served as commissioner of the Department of Insurance and as deputy commissioner of Health Insurance in the Department of Insurance.

Jill Midkiff, Executive Director – Communications and Administrative Review | Phone: (502) 564-7042 | E-mail: jill.midkiff@ky.gov

Office of the Ombudsman | Cabinet for Health and Family Services | 275 E. Main Street, 1E-B | Frankfort, KY 40621 | Phone: (502) 564-5497 | E-mail: cfc-ombudsman@ky.gov | http://chfs.ky.gov/os/omb

The Office of the Ombudsman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services serves as an advocate for citizens and works to ensure those seeking various public services are treated fairly. The Office of the Ombudsman answers questions about CHFS programs, investigates customer complaints and works with CHFS management to resolve them, advises CHFS management about patterns of complaints and recommends corrective action when appropriate.

Currently, the office consists of three branches:  Complaint Review, Performance Enhancement and the Institutional Review Board. The Office of the Ombudsman is working to integrate all the functions of the Ombudsman’s Office within a proactive, data-driven agency whose contributions to the Cabinet will be essential to overall quality improvement.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services – Department of Aging and Independent Living

The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) oversees the administration of statewide programs and services on behalf of Kentucky’s elders and individuals with disabilities. In partnership with Kentucky’s 15 Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living, Community Mental Health Centers, Center for Independent Living and other community partners, DAIL provides leadership and addresses issues and circumstances that stand in the way of elders and individuals with disabilities achieving the best possible quality of life.

Deborah Anderson, Commissioner | Department of Aging and Independent Living | 275 E. Main Street, 3E-E | Frankfort, KY 40621 | Phone: (502) 564-6930 | E-mail: deborah.anderson2@ky.gov

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/default.htm

Deborah Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in the mental health, brain injuries, mental retardation and aging fields. A career CHFS employee, she most recently served as a member of the secretary’s executive policy staff and led the Kentucky Long Term Living Initiative to develop a system of care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

She also was among the architects of the state Medicaid modernization effort, Kentucky Health Choices. During the course of her career, she has earned the respect and admiration of aging and disabilities advocates and constituent organizations and is a certified mediator through the Justice Center of Atlanta.

A former case manager and journalist, Anderson has degrees in psychology and journalism. She is nationally recognized for her work on behalf of families of children with emotional disabilities and is co-founder of the Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children.

Bill Cooper, Deputy Commissioner of Department of Aging and Independent Living | Phone: (502) 564-6930 Ext. 3439 | E-mail: bill.cooper@ky.gov

In July 2004, Mr. Cooper was appointed as the Director of the Kentucky Division for Aging Services and in Oct. 2007 he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of the new Department for Aging and Independent Living. He served as the Associate Director for Social Services for the Green River Area Development District, Area Agency on Aging from 1994 through 2004. Mr. Cooper has a Master of Science Degree with an emphasis in Community Planning and Gerontology from Western Kentucky University. He has twenty-six (26) years experience in the field including Director of Area Agencies on Aging in Kentucky and Alabama and Project Director for the U.S. Health Care Finance Administration’s National Alzheimer’s Research Project, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Carla Crane, Senior Policy Advisor of Department of Aging and Independent Living | Phone: (502) 564-6930 | E-mail: carla.crane@ky.gov

Dr. Carla Crane has served as a direct care provider, program manager and program evaluator/researcher for 20 years. She has been serving in various capacities within Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services since 1999. Dr. Crane served as the program manager of a Medicaid-funded behavioral health program with approximately 110 providers collectively serving about 4,500 recipients annually with $32 million in annual expenditures.

Dr. Crane has spent the last several years obtaining and administering various grants for the Department for Aging and Independent Living. Projects include the implementation of the Collaborative Studies for Long-Term Care initiative in partnership with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Kentucky Alzheimer’s Association to evaluate the Alzheimer’s Association Training Program for staff who work in nursing facilities. She also served as co-principal investigator and associate director of the Real Choice Systems Change Grant: State

Profile Tool for Assessing Kentucky’s Long-Term Care System. She continues her work with program specific evaluations and quality management.

Kimberly Baker, State Long Term Care Ombudsman | Phone: (502) 564-6930 Ext. 3045 | Fax: (502) 564-4595

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/kltcop.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/ltcoDistricts

The Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for residents of nursing homes, personal care homes and family care homes. Ombudsmen work to resolve problems of individual residents and to bring about improvements in care through changes at the local, state and national levels.

Links to senior services in Kentucky Dept. of Aging and Independent Living:

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/AreaAgenciesonAging.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/Adult+Protective+and+General+Adult+Services.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/resourcemarket

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/adultday.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/ALC.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/familycaregiver.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/CDSMP.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/Consumer+Directed+Option.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/eaa

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/InstituteForAging.htm

http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/ship.htm

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services – Department for Medicaid Services

Neville Wise, Acting Commissioner | Phone: (502) 564-8196 | E-mail: nevile.wise@ky.gov

http://chfs.ky.gov/dms

Neville Wise currently serves as acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, within the Cabinet for Health Services.  As acting commissioner, Wise oversees management of the state’s Medicaid program, which serves more than 800,000 vulnerable Kentuckians and has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion.  Prior to this role, Wise has spent more than 22 years in various positions within the Medicaid program, most recently serving as deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services.  He holds

a master of public administration, as well as undergraduate degrees in agricultural economic and business administration, from the University of Kentucky.

Medicare Savings Program Information:

http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/save.htm

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services – Office of Health Policy

The Office of Health Policy, in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, ensures coordinated, timely, efficient and cost-effective health planning and policy research. The office includes Certificate of Need, which controls growth of unnecessary, duplicative and underused health care services, and Health Policy Development, which works to apply best practices and innovative strategies from the private sector and other states to benefit Kentuckians.

Carrie Banahan, Executive Director | Office of Health Policy | 275 E. Main Street, 4W-E | Frankfort, KY 40621 | Phone: (502) 564-9592 | E-mail: carrie.banahan@ky.gov

http://chfs.ky.gov/ohp

Carrie Banahan is the Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy where she is responsible for the administration of the Certificate of Need program and Health Planning and development for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Ms. Banahan has been employed in state government for over 28 years.

From 1982 to 1986, Carrie was a Medicaid caseworker with the Department for Community Based Services.  From 1986 to 1998, Ms. Banahan worked in the Department for Medicaid Services where she drafted policy manuals and regulations, assisted with implementation of a new MMIS, and the Medicaid Partnerships.

From 1998 until 2006, she was employed by the Department of Insurance and worked in the Health Division as a Branch Manager and Division Director and also served as Deputy Commissioner. While at Insurance, Ms. Banahan was responsible for overseeing and implementing HIPPA insurance requirements, prompt pay laws for insurers, an internal and external review process for consumers, and a state risk pool for individuals who were unable or had difficulty obtaining health insurance.

From 2006 to 2008, she was Deputy Commissioner for the Department for Medicaid Services. While at Medicaid, she was instrumental in overseeing the implementation of Kentucky Health Choices and the new MMIS, as well as assisting with the development of new waiver programs.

Kentucky Department of Insurance

The Kentucky Department of Insurance regulates the commonwealth’s insurance market, licenses agents and other insurance professionals, monitors the financial condition of companies, educates consumers to make wise choices and ensures that Kentuckians are treated fairly in the marketplace. The department promotes sound, competitive insurance markets; protect the public through effective enforcement and regulation; and empower the public through outreach and education.

Sharon Clark, Commissioner | Kentucky Department of Insurance | 215 West Main Street | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-3630 | E-mail: sharon.clark@ky.gov

http://insurance.ky.gov

Sharon P. Clark, a veteran of Kentucky state government, was appointed commissioner of the Department of Insurance (DOI) in July 2008.

Commissioner Clark was the first director of DOI’s Consumer Protection and Education division, a position she held for five years. Under her leadership, the Department hired its first ombudsman, added consumer education and outreach functions, and strengthened enforcement efforts by expanding the number of consumer complaint investigators.

She currently serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), is chair of the NAIC’s Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee, is a member of the NAIC Audit Committee and serves as secretary for the NAIC’s Southeastern Zone. Commissioner Clark also is a member and secretary of the National Insurance Producer Registry board and vice chair of the NAIC’s National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB) Committee.

Prior to being named Insurance Commissioner, she worked at the Finance and Administration Cabinet. She also held positions for the Kentucky House of Representatives, the Public Service Commission and the former Workforce Development Cabinet.

Ronda Sloan, Public Information Officer | Phone: (502) 564-6098 | E-mail: ronda.sloan@ky.gov

Kentucky Health Insurance Advocate (KHIA):

http://insurance.ky.gov/home.aspx?div_id=16

Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet

Lori Hudson Flanery, Secretary | Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet | Room 383, Capitol Annex | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-4240 | E-mail: lori.flanery@ky.gov

http://finance.ky.gov

Lori Hudson Flanery was appointed secretary of the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet on April 1, 2011. Since December 2007 she served as deputy secretary of Finance & Administration and interim chief information officer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Secretary serves as the chief financial officer and manager of the financial resources of the Commonwealth. The Cabinet includes the Commonwealth Office of Technology, Kentucky’s Revenue Department, and the offices of the State Controller, Financial Management and Procurement as well as the Department of Facilities.

Secretary Flanery’s former posts include deputy chief executive officer and general counsel for Kentucky Housing Corporation, commissioner of Financial Incentives for the Cabinet for Economic Development and counsel with Peck, Shaffer & Williams, LLP and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.

Cindy Lanham | Director of Communications | (502) 564-4240 | cindy.lanham@ky.gov

Kentucky Personnel Cabinet

Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) is a self-funded program providing health insurance benefits to the employees and retirees of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, local school boards, some cities and county governmental agencies. Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan currently offers coverage to approximately 285,000 employees, retirees and their dependents.

KEHP partners with Humana, Inc. as our Third Party Administrator (TPA) and Express Scripts, Inc. as our Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM). Humana administers all medical claims such as physician, hospital, durable medical equipment, etc. Express Scripts administers our prescription drug benefits. While Humana and Express Scripts are two separate companies, they work together with KEHP to provide benefits to employees and retirees.

Tim Longmeyer, Secretary | Kentucky Personnel Cabinet | State Office Building | 501 High Street | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-7430 | E-mail: timothy.longmeyer@ky.gov

http://personnel.ky.gov

Secretary Longmeyer brings nearly 16 years of legal experience to our cabinet. A member of the Kentucky Bar Association, he earned his BA from the University of Kentucky and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville. In his role as Deputy Secretary, Longmeyer served on Governor Beshear’s Pension Working Group as chair of the Healthcare Sub-Committee and also chairs the Kentucky Group Health Insurance Board. He has also served as Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, Legislative Liaison; Division Chief, Family Court Prosecutors; and Asst. County Attorney.

Crystal Pryor, Chief Legislative Affairs and Public Information Officer | Phone: (502) 564-7430 | E-mail: crystal.pryor@ky.gov

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH:

Office of State Budget Director

Mary Lassiter, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet and State Budget Director | 702 Capitol Avenue | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-7300 | E-mail: mary.lassiter@ky.gov

http://www.osbd.ky.gov

Lassiter currently serves as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet and State Budget Director for Governor Steve Beshear. She has been an employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over 25 years, spending the last 10 years in the Office of State Budget Director in various roles, including Acting State Budget Director in 2003. She previously served as a financial analyst in the Office of Financial Management and Economic Analysis and served as a special assistant to Governors Wilkinson, Patton and Fletcher on economic development, workers’ compensation and tax policy issues. She holds both a BBA and MBA from the University of Kentucky. She served on the Board of the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center representing the Executive Branch from 1999 to 2008.

The Office of the State Budget Director is comprised of three distinct groups:

1. Governor’s Office for Policy and Management

http://www.osbd.ky.gov/contactus/gopm.htm

2. Governor’s Office for Policy Research

http://www.osbd.ky.gov/contactus/gopr.htm

3. Governor’s Office for Economic Analysis

http://www.osbd.ky.gov/contactus/goea.htm

 

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH:

Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare

Senator Julie Denton (R) | 702 Capitol Avenue | Annex Room 252 | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 646 | E-mail: julie.denton@lrc.ky.gov

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S036.htm

Committees: Banking and Insurance; Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources; Economic Development and Tourism; Health and Welfare (Co-Chair); Subcommittee on Health Issues and Aging (Co-Chair); Labor and Industry; Licensing and Occupations; Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee

Senator Denton was elected to the state senate in 1994 and co-chairs the Health and Welfare Committee, and Co-Chairs the subcommittee on Health Issues and Aging. At the national level, she serves on the Health and Human Services Task Force of the American Conference of State Legislators (ALEC). In 1998, Senator Denton was chosen “Legislator of the Year” by ALEC, for her work in the area of health care and affordable health insurance.

Representative Tom Burch (D) | 702 Capitol Avenue | Annex Room 332E | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 601 | E-mail: tom.burch@lrc.ky.gov

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/H030.htm

Committees: Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources; Subcommittee on Families and Children (Co-Chair); Health and Welfare (Co-Chair); Licensing and Occupations; Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection

Rep. Tom Burch served in the United States Navy and graduated from Bellarmine College with a degree in business administration. He retired after nearly 40 years with General Electric, where he worked as a production control manager. Rep. Burch was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1972 and is currently the longest serving House member. He has served as the Chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee since 1985.

Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D) | 702 Capitol Avenue | Annex Room 357 | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 643 | E-mal: marylou.marzian@lrc.ky.gov

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/H034.htm

Committees: Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources (Vice Chair); Childhood Obesity Task Force: Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs; Health and Welfare; Subcommittee on Health Issues and Aging (Co-Chair); Judiciary; Labor and Industry; State Government

Born September 16, 1954. Registered Nurse, Transplant Coordinator. Catholic. U of L, BS. Jefferson Co NOW, past Pres. Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus. KY Nurses Assoc. Older Women’s League.

Committee Staff Administrator:

DeeAnn Mansfield | Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare; Subcommittee on Health Issues and Aging; Subcommittee on Families and Children | Legislative Research Commission | Capitol Annex, Room 101 | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-8100 | E-mail: deeann.mansfield@lrc.ky.gov

Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue

Representative Jimmie Lee (D) | 702 Capitol Avenue | Annex Room 457B | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 650 | E-mail: jimmie.lee@lrc.ky.gov

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/H025.htm

Committees: Appropriations and Revenue; Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources (Co-Chair); Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee (Co-Chair); Rules; State Government; Transportation; Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety

Representative Lee was born March 27, 1937, and has served in the House since 1993. He is a retired auto dealer.

Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance

Senator Tom Buford (R) | 702 Capitol Avenue | Annex Room 252 | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 610 | E-mail: tom.buford@lrc.ky.gov

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S022.htm

Committees: Appropriations and Revenue; Banking and Insurance (Co-Chair); Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources (Co-Chair); Childhood Obesity Task Force; Health and Welfare; Subcommittee on Families and Children; Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations; Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee

Senator Tom Buford has served for more than 18 years in the Kentucky State Senate. Sen. Buford made Kentucky history on the day of his inauguration to the Senate—he is the first senator ever to be sworn in as a new member and as a leader in his caucus. He served the first two years of his term as the Republican whip, and later served four years as Republican caucus chairman. Sen. Buford was recognized by Common Cause as one of the 13 most ethical legislators, and he was selected and awarded by the Republican National Committee and President Bush as one of the top 10 legislators in the United States.

Fiscal Analyst – Legislative Research Commission:

Frank Willey | House Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection | Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 316 | E-mail: frank.willey@lrc.ky.gov

 

ADVOCACY:

AARP Kentucky

Scott Wegenast, Media Relations | 10401 Linn Station Road, Suite 121 | Louisville, KY 40223 | Phone: (502) 394-0277 | E-mail: swegenast@aarp.org

http://www.aarp.org/states/ky

The Council on State Government

Deborah Miller, Director of Health Policy | Phone: (859) 244-8241 | E-mail: dmiller@csg.org

The Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation

Richard Heine, Executive Director | P.O. Box 920953 | Lexington, KY 40591 | Phone: (859) 221-5770 | E-mail: Richard@friedellcommittee.org

http://friedellcommittee.org

Kentuckians are concerned about their ability to obtain health care for themselves, their families and others in their communities. While specific health concerns vary among individual populations, the current fragmented and dysfunctional healthcare system does not meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s citizens.

Dr. Heine retired from state government after 30 years of service in planning, programming, policy analysis, information systems and evaluation of human service programs. His positions included Director, Division for Quality Improvement, Department for Medicaid Services, and Research Psychologist, Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Division of Mental Health.

Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform

Bernie Vonderheide, president and founder | 1530 Nicholasville Road | Lexington, KY 40503 | Phone: (859) 312-5617 | Email: kynursinghomereform@yahoo.com

http://www.kynursinghomereform.org

Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the 23,000 “Forgotten Kentuckians” in nursing homes by:

1. Educating the public about the critical need to improve the care of residents in nursing homes.

2. Advocating for laws and regulations that will ensure that nursing home residents will be safe and comfortable.

Bernie Vonderheide, was director of public relations for the University of Kentucky for more than two decades before retiring 14 years ago. Before UK, he held positions at The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times.

In retirement, Mr. Vonderheide has been an active advocate for nursing home reform. He serves on the board of the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass. He also is president and founder of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, a citizens advocacy group.

His advocacy work helped form a task force on the state level to discuss quality long-term care and he single handedly was able to get four bills to reform nursing home care introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Kentucky Association of Counties

Cathy Hancock, Information Officer | 400 Englewood Drive | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 22307667

http://kaco.org

Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities

Steve McClain, Director of Public Affairs and Member Services | 9403 Mill Brook Road | Louisville, KY 40223 | Phone: (502) 425-5000

https://www.kahcf.org

Kentucky Hospital Association

Nancy Galvagni, Senior Vice-President | 2501 Nelson Miller Parkway | Louisville, KY 40253 | Phone: (502) 426-6220

http://www.kyha.com

Kentucky Medical Association

Patrick T. Padgett, Executive Vice President | 4965 US Hwy 42, Suite 2000 | Louisville, KY 40222 | 502-814-1394 | padgett@kma.org

kyma.org

Kentucky Pharmacists Association

Scott Sisco, Director of Communications & Continuing Education | 96 C. Michael Davenport Blvd. | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 227-2303

http://kphanet.org

Kentucky Primary Care Association

Joseph E. Smith, Executive Director | 226 West Main Street | Frankfort, KY 40601 | Phone: (502) 227-4379

http://kypca.net

The Kentucky Primary Care Association was founded in 1975 as a private, non-profit corporation of community health centers, rural health clinics, primary care centers and other organizations and individuals concerned about access to health care services for the state’s underserved rural and urban populations. Association members are providers of primary care – first contact, broadly trained physicians, nurses and other professionals deliver that whole-person health care.

Kentucky Voices for Health

Jodi Mitchell, Executive Director | 120 Sears Avenue, Suite 212 | Louisville, KY 40207 | Phone: (502) 552-1406 | E-mail: kvhexec@kyvoicesforhealth.org

http://www.kyvoicesforhealth.org

We’re a coalition of concerned Kentuckians who believe that the best health care solutions are found when everyone works together to build them. Right now, families and businesses in every county are facing rising costs, and too many of us go without needed health care. Healthy families create healthy economies. And a healthy Kentucky economy is something we all want. So we’re working step by step to build a healthier Kentucky for everyone.

Jodi Mitchell became Executive Director of Kentucky Voices for Health in April 2010 with over ten years of health care policy and advocacy experience on both the state and federal level.  A large portion of her efforts have focused on provider and consumer issues and building coalitions united to achieve common goals and grassroots mobilization.

Prior to taking the helm of the Kentucky Voices for Health, Mitchell served as a Principal for McCarthy Strategic Solutions where she assisted with the development and implementation of government relations, business development and advocacy plans for various clients.  Mitchell serves on the KY Regional Extension Center External Advisory Board, KY Cancer Consortium Steering Committee, Kentuckiana Healthcare Collaborative, Child Advocacy Today Advisory Board, and Passport KCHIP Coalition Advisory Committee.

She relocated to Kentucky in 2008 from Washington, DC where she utilized her expertise in Medicare policy to position the profession of optometry for quality reporting and she was active in legislative strategy and advocacy on behalf of the American Optometric Association.  Mitchell also served as Associate Director of Government Relations at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Director of Health Care Policy for the American Academy of Audiology.  Her vast experience in providing lobbying services and strategic counseling on health care policy has also included government relations positions with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Smith, Bucklin and Associates.  Mitchell began her career in the Ohio legislature working for three State Representatives as a legislative assistant covering health and education issues.

Mental Health and Healthcare Advocacy

Sheila Schuster, Lobbyist | Advocacy Action Network | 120 Sears Avenue, Suite 212 | Louisville, KY 40207 | Phone: (502) 894-0222 | E-mail: advocacyaction@bellsouth.net

http://www.advocacyaction.net

National Conference on State Legislatures

Mick Bullock, Director of Public Affairs | National Conference of State Legislatures | 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 515 | Washington, DC 20001 | Phone: (202) 624-3557

http://www.ncsl.org

National State Budget Officer’s Association

John Hicks, Executive Director | Hall of the States Building | 444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 642 | Washington, DC 20001 | Phone: (202) 624-8804 | E-mail: jhicks@nasbo.org

http://www.nasbo.org

Southern Legislative Conference (The Council on State Government)

Mikko Lindberg, Policy Analyst | Phone: (404)633-4896

Taylor-Gray Associates

Bob Gray, Partner | P.O. Box 46 | Frankfort, KY 40602 | Phone: (502) 330-2732 | E-mail: bob@taylor-gray.com

http://taylor-gray.com

Taylor-Gray Associates is a Frankfort, Kentucky-based communications and public policy consulting firm whose principals have combined experience of more than 60 years in the public arena.

Bob Gray is a veteran of more than 25 years in state government, Bob began his career with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, where he conducted policy research and drafted legislation for the Kentucky General Assembly on issues ranging from health care to insurance reform. He has served in the Office of Attorney General as Executive Director of the Office of Rate Intervention, where his work focused on issues related to health insurance, public utility costs, and legislative policy. And he was Director of Performance Audit in the Kentucky State Auditor’s Office with responsibility for examining the efficiency and effectiveness of various state government operations.

Bob’s current focus is on public policy research and development.

John Cubine, Consultant | Taylor-Gray Associates | Phone: (502) 695-4261 | E-mail: jcubine@fewpb.net

John Cubine is a twenty-nine year veteran of Kentucky State Government, and served as director of the Division of Financial Audits in the State Auditor’s Office.

Mr. Cubine began his government service in 1975 as an Eligibility Worker in the Bureau of Social Insurance, climbing to Commissioner of the Department of Social Insurance in 1981. He rose to the post of Deputy Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet in 1990 under Governor Wallace Wilkinson. Cubine was also Director of the Administrative Services and Chief of Staff at the Attorney General’s Office for six years under Ben Chandler. When Mr. Chandler was Kentucky’s Auditor from 1991 – 1995, Mr. Cubine served as chief of staff. Most recently he was Deputy Director for Budget Review for the Legislative Research Commission.

 

PROVIDERS:

Humana, Inc.

Kelli Rodman, Regional Government Relations Director | 500 West Main Street

Louisville, KY 40202 | Phone: (502) 476-5878 | E-mail: krodman@humana.com

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Lawrence Ford, Director of Government Relations | E-mail: lawrence.ford@anthem.com

University of Kentucky Hospitals

Mark Birdwhistell, Vice President for Administration & External Affairs | Phone: (859) 323-1629 | E-mail: mark.birdwhistell@uky.edu

Julia Costich, Professor – Health Management and Policy | Phone: (859) 257-6712 | E-mail: julia.costich@uky.edu

University of Louisville Hospitals

Michael Bukosky, Chief Executive Officer | University of Louisville Physicians | 300 E. Market Street, Suite 400 | Louisville, KY 40202 | Phone: (502) 588-6000

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* This was a freelance research project designed to identify persons and agencies in Kentucky involved with the Medicare program, and assemble contact information.

Published by:  The Medicare NewsGroup | November 2011

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