From a mysterious pediatric illness surfacing to coming Medicaid copays for some, here are Insider’s top stories this week.
Mysterious pediatric illness surfaces in Louisville, Norton confirms
Norton Healthcare has confirmed treating three cases of a mysterious and potentially life-threatening condition mostly affecting children in more than two dozen states, reported Darla Carter. Read more about how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert earlier this week about an increase in cases of acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system. Dr. Michael Sweeney, a pediatric neurologist with Norton Children’s Hospital, said Norton Healthcare has seen three cases in kids ages 3 to 8.
Updated: Topgolf heads to the back nine following Planning Commission vote
One by one, members of the Louisville Metro Planning Commission stated that they would vote to recommend the controversial Topgolf development at Oxmoor Center for approval by Metro Council, reported Caitlin Bowling. Read more about how in a unanimous decision Thursday afternoon, the commission voted to recommend approval of the rezoning, variances and waiver for the proposed development in Louisville’s East End.
Popular Louisville chef Dean Corbett has died
Dean Corbett, known by many around Louisville as “Deano,” died Saturday. The cause of death, according to media reports citing Gary Fox, event coordinator at Equus, was a heart attack, reported WLKY. Read more about how Corbett’s career began in Dallas at the Chandler’s Landing Yacht Club and later at the Ram’s Head Restaurant. After these experiences, according to his biography, he realized that a career as a chef was his true calling.
Hola, Noche: Texan bringing Mexican barbecue restaurant to church
Noche Mexican BBQ is hoping to find its niche in a former Lutheran church in the Deer Park neighborhood, reported Caitlin Bowling. Read more about how Aaron Diaz, founder and managing partner of the restaurant, which has a Dia de los Muertos theme, said, “Louisville likes weird things, so if I’m going to make it work, it’s in Louisville.”
Mandatory copays coming next year for some on Medicaid
After suspending enforcement of co-payments for certain Medicaid recipients earlier this year, the state now says that mandatory copays are coming next year, reported Darla Carter. Read more about how the copays, which go into effect Jan. 1, were mentioned at a recent forum on Kentucky HEALTH. That’s the state’s proposed overhaul of Medicaid that is currently under federal review, following a legal challenge. It’s unclear when that review will be completed, but the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said by email that “copays will be mandatory 1-1-19 regardless of the timing of Kentucky HEALTH implementation.”