Ashley Westerman

Ashley, born in Manila, Philippines, was adopted and raised in Western Kentucky. She is a 2010 University of Kentucky graduate with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. She also attended the University of Maryland for graduate studies in Journalism for one year. Ashley interned with Morning Edition at NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2011 and was hired afterward as a temp production assistant. In March 2012, Ashley started her reporting and hosting career at WRKF. She is also a member of the Center for International Journalists 2013 International Reporting Fellowship Program. In addition to public radio, Ashley also loves UK basketball, her Fantasy Football team, traveling and cats.

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WRKF
1:04 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Bill To Create Hospitalization Stablization Formula Passes With Few Details

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to try and maintain the level of funding to hospitals that take Medicaid patients.  

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WRKF
1:02 am
Mon April 15, 2013

De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part One: Waivers Vs. Facilities

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 5:54 am

Louisiana's efforts to move more individuals with developmental disabilities out of congregate living and back into the home with supports actually started pretty late compared to the rest of the country.

In the 1980s when other states were beginning to shut down their large, state-run facilities as part of the national de-institutionalization movement, Louisiana was still building. Only in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina forced the shutdown of the New Orleans metropolitan facility did the state start ramping up its de-institutionalizing efforts.

This is the first of a two-part series exploring the progress of that effort over the years since.


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Arts & Culture
1:03 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Schapiro's "Heroes": 20th Century Movers and Shakers on Display in Baton Rouge

Steve Schapiro, Provided by art2art

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 11:23 am

The list of people Steve Schapiro  has photographed reads more like a Who’s Who list of the 1960s and ‘70s. During his career, Schapiro worked for magazines such as Life, Time, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair and captured the images of influential politicians, celebrities and musicians. He also extensively covered the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

Those icons - Jackie Kennedy, Ray Charles and James Baldwin - are who Schapiro labels "Heroes" in an exhibit of  work is on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen.

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WRKF
5:03 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Rep. Cassidy On Affordable Care Act, Alternatives

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 9:14 am

News broke Tuesday that 6th District Rep. Bill Cassidy will announce his candidacy for Senate Wednesday.

While Congress has been off last week and this week for their annual April recess, Cassidy has spent some of his time off here in Baton Rouge.

Cassidy recently co-sponsored the Defund Obamacare Act, which is part of the Republican handling of the Affordable Care Act three years after the healthcare overhaul was signed into law.


 

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Sports
12:18 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

High School Football Playoff Split Issue Heads to the Legislature

A state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that aims to make it illegal for an association or organization to prohibit any school from participating in athletic activities based on its admissions criteria.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

DHH Report: Could Be Savings In Medicaid Expansion

A new report by the state Department of Health and Hospitals shows Louisiana could save millions of dollars over the next decade by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lawmakers Question If DHH's New Budget Saves

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:02 pm

Officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals were grilled Tuesday morning by the Appropriations Committee on how they plan to save money in the next fiscal year.

Among other cost-saving measures, the department’s $8.9 billion proposed budget calls for turning over a number of existing Medicaid services to private entities, and investing more in the Bayou Health reforms. Savings also hinge on the privatization of the LSU charity hospitals, although no official agreements have been made yet.

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Politics
12:27 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Jindal's Pension Overhaul Reaches State Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s pension overhaul passed by the legislature last session.

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WRKF
5:43 am
Fri March 15, 2013

PAR: More Info Needed to Make Medicaid Expansion Decision for Louisiana

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 5:04 am

The state legislature’s Joint Insurance Committee met Wednesday to discuss the Affordable Care Act and two crucial, yet voluntary, measures: setting up state health insurance exchanges and expanding Medicaid.

At that meeting a representative from the Public Affairs Research Council said Louisiana doesn’t have enough information to make a truly informed decision on implementing the healthcare reform law.

PAR’s Principle Health Advisor Don Gregory recently authored a study about the research done so far on the implications of expanding Medicaid in Louisiana. He says other states have worked to figure out not just the costs, but also the benefits of insuring the uninsured.


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Politics
8:47 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

La. Rep. Cassidy Co-Sponsors "Defund Obamacare Act"

Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy has signed on to legislation that aims to defund President Obama’s health care reform law.

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