Kentucky Audit Shows $72 Million In Medicaid Payments Made to Ineligible Beneficiaries

Liberals have said numerous times that it is impossible for illegal immigrants to receive taxpayer-funded government benefits.

A Kentucky audit shows a failure.

An estimated $72 million in Medicaid payments were made to potentially ineligible beneficiaries in Kentucky, according to an audit from the agency’s inspector general…

The Audit

The audit found the state determined eligibility status for Medicaid benefits without having such documentation and could not show that they received a citizenship verification response from the Social Security Administration.

In order to receive Medicaid benefits, the state must verify citizenship or nationality status and have documentary evidence. The state can conduct this verification process through the Social Security Administration…

To properly verify citizenship or nationality status of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid, States must ensure that those individuals declaring to be citizens or nationals of the United States have presented satisfactory documentary evidence of citizenship or nationality…

For 7 of 120 beneficiaries, the State agency determined these beneficiaries eligible for Medicaid without maintaining documentation that it verified citizenship in accordance with Federal requirements. For these beneficiaries, the State agency submitted their citizenship status through the Data Hub or BENDEX for verification with SSA. However, the State agency could not provide documentation that it had received a citizenship verification response. The State agency indicated that, because of human error and system errors, it could not find supporting documentation…

The State agency did not always verify identity or maintain documentation from identity-proofing of beneficiaries. For 13 of 50 beneficiaries that applied using the State marketplace, the State agency did not verify identity during the application process or document that it had performed identity-proofing in accordance with Federal requirements.

Did Not Verify Identities

For nine beneficiaries, State agency personnel completed the application either online or over the phone and did not verify identity. The State agency was unable to provide any documentation indicating that personnel followed Federal requirements to verify identity for these online or phone applications.

For four beneficiaries, the State agency either did not verify identity or did not maintain documentation of the verification because of Kynect system errors…

On the basis of our sample results, we estimated that during our 6-month audit period, approximately 8% of non-newly eligible beneficiaries in Kentucky were potentially ineligible, and approximately 3% of Federal payments were made to those beneficiaries. As a result, we estimated that Kentucky made Federal Medicaid payments on behalf of 69,931 potentially ineligible beneficiaries totaling $72,763,721.  FreeBeacon

Kentucky Court Rules Print Shop Doesn’t Have to Make Gay Pride T-Shirts

The Kentucky court put religious freedom first, choosing not to elevate local discrimination ordinances above the first amendment.

Kentucky Lower Court

“There is no evidence in this record that [the company] or its owners refused to print the T-shirts in question based upon the sexual orientation of the GLSO or its members,” he [Judge Ishmael] said.

“Rather, it is clear beyond dispute that [the company] and its owners declined to print the T-shirts in question because of the message advocating sexual activity outside of a marriage between one man and one woman.”…

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission took up the case and ruled that the company’s refusal to print the T-shirts was discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The commission also found that the local fairness ordinance did not violate free speech rights or rights to the free exercise of religion.

In reversing that determination, Judge Ishmael said the commission’s conclusions were “in direct contrast to well-established precedent.”..

In addition, he ruled that the company and its owners enjoy a right to freely exercise their religion, which includes not facing government actions that substantially burden those rights. Ishmael said there was no showing of a compelling government interest that would justify forcing company officials to violate their religious beliefs.

The judge said GLSO was able to obtain its T-shirts from another firm at a substantially reduced price or, perhaps, for free.  CSMonitor

Kentucky Court of Appeals

The ruling by the Kentucky Court of Appeals favored the business owner. A crucial difference in this case was the expressive nature of the service denied: literally words on a shirt.

In a split vote, a three-judge panel concluded that the store, Hands on Originals, couldn’t be forced to print a message with which the owner disagreed.

The dispute started in 2012 when Gay and Lesbian Services Organization in Kentucky asked Hands on Originals to make T-shirts with the name and logo of a pride festival.

Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands on Originals, said he refused to print the shirts because it violated his business’s policy of not printing messages that endorse positions in conflict with his convictions.

Mr. Adamson offered examples of other orders he refused, such as shirts featuring the word “bitches” or a depiction of Jesus dressed as a pirate.

The gay-rights group filed a complaint with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, which in 2014 ordered Mr. Adamson to make the shirts.

Friday’s decision affirmed an earlier ruling from a lower court. The commission, which brought the appeal, said the store was in violation of a local “fairness” ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in places of public accommodation.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals, one level below the state’s Supreme Court, disagreed, ruling that the conduct by the business wasn’t discrimination, rather a decision not to promote certain speech.

One judge on the panel dissented, saying he thought Mr. Adamson’s shop had engaged in “deliberate and intentional discriminatory conduct.”

In other lawsuits against religious business owners, courts have rejected First Amendment defenses. WallStreetJournal

Amish In Kentucky Challenge Authorities Over Horse Poop Bag Law

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In  western Kentucky, in an area with an Amish community, there is an ordinance requiring large animals to wear collection bags. Diapers on horses.  This is happening in Kentucky, the state most known for its thoroughbred horses and its horse farms.

The court system in Logan County has seen a pile of court cases accumulate in which people are accused of violating a local ordinance in Auburn requiring large animals to wear collection bags to catch their droppings.

On Wednesday in Logan District Court alone, 30 cases involving 11 defendants appeared on the docket.

The common thread running through those cases and virtually every previously recorded ordinance violation over the last couple of years has been that the people being cited are members of Auburn’s Amish community.

Auburn officials have maintained that the ordinance is necessary to ensure that city streets remain clean and to reduce the risk of spreading disease.

Amish residents have argued that, in practice, the ordinance singles out their community, whose members use horses as their means of transportation.

Amish community members have not complied with the ordinance, citing concerns that attempts to put the bags on their horses might frighten the animals.

Meetings between community members and Auburn and Logan County officials have not resolved the conflict.

Several cases have been brought to trial, where guilty verdicts have resulted in some defendants being jailed for contempt of court for refusing to pay the fine for violating the ordinance. At least one case involving the ordinance, however, resulted in an acquittal.

Attorney Travis Lock this week filed a notice on behalf of the Amish defendants challenging the legality of the ordinance, arguing that the regulation is unconstitutional as it has been applied in Auburn.

“It’s being clearly designed to single out the Amish and, frankly, to discriminate against the Amish,” Lock said. “This ordinance was passed to target this particular group of Amish in the Auburn community and that in and of itself is unconstitutional and discriminatory.”  BowlingGreenDailyNews

A Kentucky Public School Censors Linus In “Charlie Brown Christmas” Play, Audience Recites Verse

The latest anti-Christmas yuletide lunacy comes from Johnson County, Kentucky.

At one school, “Silent Night” was replaced with a Christmas version of the “Whip/Nae Nae” song.

“How do you go from ‘Silent Night’ to the ‘Whip/Nae Nae,’” one distraught grandmother asked me. “We’re not at all happy about it.” FoxNews

The school district censored an elementary school presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” after one parent complained that Linus’ monologue reciting Luke 2 was too religious and would be offensive.

The students were instructed to remain silent during that part of the play. On the night of the performance, as the student playing Linus stood on the stage quietly during his would-be monologue, the audience slowly began reciting the scripture verse together until the whole room was filled with applause and cheering as they finished with the words, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”
A simple act of defiance against those that would deny people their heritage and their faith.

‘PEANUTS’

Charles Schulz insisted on one core purpose: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” had to be about something. Namely, the true meaning of Christmas. Otherwise, Schulz said, “Why bother doing it?”

Mendelson and Melendez asked Schulz whether he was sure he wanted to include Biblical text in the special. The cartoonist’s response, Mendelson recalls: “If we don’t do it, who will?”

To Coca-Cola’s credit, Mendelson says, the corporate sponsor never balked at the idea of including New Testament passages. The result — Linus’s reading from the Book of Luke about the meaning of the season — became “the most magical two minutes in all of TV animation,” the producer says.WP

 

Kentucky Volunteer Prison Chaplains Cannot Call Homosexuality A Sin

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They told us we could not preach that homosexuality is a sin – period,” Wells told me. “We would not have even been able to read Bible verses that dealt with LGBT issues.”

Kentucky religious service volunteers that worked in the Kentucky Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center received a letter from Gene Wade (superintendent of that facility) ending  their participation as they would not sign a pledge per state policy DJJ 912, promising not to “imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful, or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

It wasn’t so much a choice as it was a demand.

Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.

“We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister – ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

“We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication to the youth served by this facility,” wrote Superintendent Gene Wade in a letter to Wells. “However, due to your decision, based on your religious convictions, that you cannot comply with the requirements outlined in DJJ Policy 912, Section IV, Paragraph H, regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth, I must terminate your involvement as a religious volunteer.” FoxNews

Kentucky officials are deciding and making a theological judgment on human sexuality, especially homosexuality.

DJJ 912 violates the First Amendment by prescribing an official state religious “orthodoxy:” now, only a religious belief that homosexuality is not “sinful” may be expressed in DJJ facilities Liberty Council

Here you have the Commonwealth of Kentucky declaring that certain volunteers based upon their Christian conviction are according to the state, heretics according to the state’s official theology, who will no longer be permitted to minister to juveniles in the juvenile justice system. Albert Mohler

Online: Fox News –The Christian purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin

Albert Mohler –State of Kentucky ejects chaplains from juvenile center for believing homosexuality is sin

Religious group threatens lawsuit over Kentucky policy banning anti-gay comments at juvenile jails

Justice Cabinet Department of Juvenile Justice Policy and Procedures

Baptist Press Ky. prison volunteers can’t call homosexuality sin

 

Kentucky Bill To Ban Transgender School-Bathroom Use

boygirlbathroomsignLast year, Louisville high school in Kentucky allowed a transgender student to use the girls’ bathroom and locker room.

A Kentucky legislator has sponsored a bill that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms that don’t correspond to their anatomical sex.  This is a privacy issue and a safety issue when the opposite sex can be in a bathroom or locker room without question.

The “Kentucky Student Privacy Act,” proposed by State Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, also would allow students to sue the school for $2,500 when they encounter a person of the opposite biological sex in a bathroom or locker room if staff have allowed it or failed to prohibit it.

“Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite biological sex,” Embry wrote in Senate Bill 76, filed this month in the state’s General Assembly.

The bill, backed by the Family Foundation of Kentucky, would allow transgender students to ask for special accommodations, such as a unisex bathroom…

Kent Ostrander, director of the Family Foundation of Kentucky, said his group encouraged Embry to file the bill to establish privacy rights.

He said the threat of lawsuits — including recovering $2,500 for each encounter and more for psychological and emotional harm — would help ensure the law is followed if passed.

“Schools need to be sensitive to students who are conflicted with their gender. But they cannot throw out the personal right of privacy” for every other student, he said.

Online:  Ky bill targets transgender school-bathroom use