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Passport Health opens 'One Stop Help Center' in Bowling Green

Rhonda Miller

A health care company that makes access to services easier for Kentuckians on Medicaid opened an office in Bowling Green on Friday.

At the Passport Health PlanOne Stop Health Center in Fairview Plaza, members can walk in and get connected to health care resources. During specified times they'll be able to access services like COVID vaccinations, which were offered Friday by Sheldon Express Pharmacy.

At the opening event Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Passport’s six One Stop Health Centers in Kentucky are important to help people get the health care they need, including medical treatment and mental health services.

“I believe in my core that health care is a basic human right. And that every single Kentuckian, every single American, ought to be able to see a doctor when they’re sick," said Beshear. "One of the biggest challenges to that is access.”

In addition to Bowling Green, Passport has One Stop Health Centers in Covington, Hazard, Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro.

Passport is owned by Molina Healthcare.

Ryan Sadler is the CEO of Passport Health Plan based in Louisville. He said about one-third of Kentuckians are on Medicaid.

“The reality is the old days where it was just for the extremely poor are over. There’s quite a large swath of people and young families and young mothers and small families that are Medicaid eligible and rely on these benefits," said Sadler. "And not just health care, but all of the wraparound services that we provide.”

Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear expanded Medicaid in 2014under the Affordable Care Act.

Kentucky’s Medicaid program now covers more than 1.5 million residents.

Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans. She has worked at Rhode Island Public Radio, as an intern at WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia, and at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rhonda’s freelance work called Writing Into Sound includes stories for Voice of America, WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, Conn., NPR and AARP Prime Time Radio. She has a master’s degree in media studies from Rhode Island College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Rhonda enjoys quiet water kayaking, riding her bicycle and folk music. She was a volunteer DJ for Root-N-Branch at WUMD community radio in Dartmouth, Mass.
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