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Appalachian Regional Healthcare

The people of central Appalachia have a health care champion.

For more than 50 years, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has been bringing quality care to a region marked by chronic economic hardship and meager medical resources. Earlier this year, in perhaps its most dramatic stand yet, ARH sued the state Medicaid agency and a managed-care company whose actions threatened to deprive 35,000 poor, disabled and elderly eastern Kentuckians from receiving necessary health care.

That company, one of three approved by Kentucky to provide managed-care services to Medicaid patients statewide, stated its intention to cancel its contract with ARH, an action that would have caused thousands of patients to lose access to treatment altogether, or be forced to travel long distances to other facilities. ARH stood its ground, and a federal judge found a preliminary injunction was needed to avert a “serious crisis” and to keep Medicaid recipients in eastern Kentucky from being “thrown under the bus.” As a result, 35,000 Kentucky patients continue to receive the care they need, in their own communities.

A not-for-profit health system, ARH operates 10 hospitals throughout eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, as well as clinics, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores, and retail pharmacies. In seven of the past eight years, ARH has been recognized as one of the best integrated health care networks in the nation, and was named the 2010 Outstanding Rural Health Organization by the National Rural Health Association.

Wyatt represents ARH in this and other important matters affecting its ability to deliver health care to the needy in eastern Kentucky.