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Every Child Pediatrics

Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, Saint Joseph Berea Foundation and Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation have been granted a total of $26,778 from the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).

Each foundation received $8,926 to support its beneficiary facility. Funds will be used to implement activities aimed at improving efficiencies and patient satisfaction, and providing quality care.

Courier-Journal

Gov. Matt Bevin and University of Louisville (“UofL”) President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi today announced a plan to secure the future of the Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health properties and their employees.

Tufts Now

The Kentucky Air National Guard is teaming with the Kentucky Department for Local Government and other branches of the U.S. military to offer health care at no cost to citizens in four Eastern Kentucky counties starting June 15.

Medical screenings, non-emergency medical treatments, sports physicals, dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions, optical exams, and single-prescription eyeglasses will all be offered, said Lt. Col. Amy Mundell, a medical administrative officer in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Medical Group, which is serving as the lead military agency.

Senior Advice

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today the Eastern State Hospital Long Term Care Facility will be closed due to state budget constraints. The facility currently serves 14 residents with acquired brain injuries (ABI) or geriatric residents with long-term care needs.

Eastern State Hospital, a state-owned psychiatric facility, is managed by UK HealthCare and primarily serves patients with acute mental health needs. The current action impacts only the long-term care facility, and all other services will remain intact.

Hill Dickinson

When it comes to living a healthy life, access to health care is critical, but understanding how to use it is as well, which is why advocates are working to improve health literacy statewide.

Michelle Ganote with the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative says when it comes to prescription information, discharge instructions and appointment scheduling; even the most well-informed consumer still struggles to navigate the complexities of our current health.care system.

Norton Healthcare

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that he has appointed Steve Ready of Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, to serve on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee which is within the executive branch and established by the 21st Century Cures Act.

“Norton Healthcare provides critical patient services to the people of Kentucky, and I am proud to recommend their System Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Steve Ready, in this new, national role,” Majority Leader McConnell said.

Transition from Kynect to HealthCare.gov Coming Soon

Oct 27, 2016
FCW.com

Beginning one week from today Kentuckians will use healthcare.gov, instead of kynect, to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) during the 2017 open enrollment period. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) expects a smooth transition to healthcare.gov. The move to the federal exchange simply changes the web portal Kentuckians will use to enroll and is projected to save more than $10 million per year in operating cost once transitioned. 

High Costs Still Keeping Some Kentuckians from Seeking Medical Care

Oct 12, 2016
Public News Service

Because of the cost of medical care, one out of every five Kentucky adults has delayed or skipped care this year according to a new report.

The report is part of ongoing research by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky into the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Ben Chandler, the foundation's president and chief executive, said the rate rises to more than 29 percent among Kentuckians with lower incomes - those below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Stivers Says Kynect's Future Uncertain

Nov 7, 2015
Kentucky Sports Radio

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says Governor-elect Matt Bevin and Republicans in the General Assembly are likely to move soon on alternatives to Kynect, the state health insurance exchange created through executive order by outgoing Democratic Governor Steve Beshear.

Bevin campaigned on eliminating Kynect and Stivers says keeping it would be a drain on the state budget.

Prison Health Care Forums Planned

May 14, 2014
Prison Profiler

State Representative Brent Yonts says he will hold public hearings this summer on health care in Kentucky’s prisons. The Greenville Democrat chairs the House State Government Committee. His pledge comes four months after a prisoner at the State Penitentiary in Eddyville starved to death.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections contracts with a private company for medical services at the facility. Yonts says there always seems to be a problem when government services are privatized.

Saturday Down South

University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops has lived much of his life with a keen awareness of the importance of cardiac care following his father’s untimely death at age 54 from a heart attack.

So when the coach was selected to be featured on the 2014 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle with proceeds going to benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK Healthcare, he found that to be a cause he could fully endorse.

Legislation Would Support Dental Services In Schools

Mar 26, 2014
NPR

More school age children across Kentucky could receive dental care under legislation making its way through the general assembly.  The measure allows non-profit entities to offer only dental services. 

Northern Kentucky primary care center administrator Chris Goddard said such providers must currently offer medical and dental care at participating schools. 

Lexington To Host Appalachian Health Care Forum

Mar 26, 2014
Parade Publications

Nearly 700 people are expected in Lexington on Thursday (March 27) to discuss health disparities in Appalachia. The aim will be to explore pooling resources and researchers to attack health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and stroke. 

Patrick Kitzman is the Appalachian Translatioal Research Network Director at UK.

"We have to try to figure out logistically and realistically that we can pull that off.  I don't know yet. That's part of what we're trying to do,” said Kitzman.

Beshear Defends Affordable Care Act

Jan 24, 2014
Alter Group

Governor Beshear says he never hesitated to embrace the federal Affordable Care Act because the state’s collective health was “horrendous.” The Democrat spoke in Washington on Friday (Jan. 24) to the Winter Conference of Families USA.

When Congress passed the ACA, Beshear says, 640-thousand Kentuckians lived in fear that illness would bankrupt their family. He says that’s why many of them didn’t visit the doctor.