A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Most vulnerable may lose insurance coverage, due to penalties, work rules, ‘onerous reporting’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Kentucky moves toward implementing a stricter Medicaid plan, a group of providers, consumers and health advocates say they worry that its penalties, work rules and “onerous reporting requirements” will cause people to lose their coverage, especially those in the state’s most vulnerable populations. The group participated in a Dec. 5 Insure...

More parents claiming religious exemption for children’s vaccinations; rises 59% after new state rule

Kentucky Health News More Kentucky children are not being immunized “for medical and religious reasons,” Ashleigh Mills reports for Spectrum News. “Doctors worry the number could be growing because of misinformation circulating online.” In the last school year, parents of 442 sixth graders exempted them from vaccines. That was only 1.5 percent of the total, but an increase of...

Kentucky eye physicians offer tips on choosing the right gifts for your little ones — and toys to avoid

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public of certain safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gifts for little ones. A number of studies show that some popular types of toys are commonly associated with childhood eye injuries. These include air guns and other toys that...

Northern Kentucky attorneys Neace, Eviston are CHFS top child support collections partners

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners from the past year and has recognized other staff who have increased payments for children served by the child support program. Neace The winners were announced recently at a ceremony in Frankfort hosted by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement program (CSE), part...

Friedell Committee, Foundation for a Healthy KY united to strengthen state, local police advocacy

Two statewide health promotion organizations today announced that they have joined forces to strengthen advocacy for state and local policies for improving health in Kentucky. In announcing the unification, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation emphasized the organizations’ congruent missions and committed volunteers, and the value of...

Cafeteria worker in Covington school has hepatitis A; law required student vaccination prior to school year

A food service employee at John G. Carlisle Elementary School in Covington, Ky. (910 Holman St.), has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.  The employee worked during a period of time when he/she was ill or infectious from 11/13/18 – 12/03/18. School officials have been notified of the case and are cooperating with the investigation and response activities. School officials have implemented enhanced...

Save the date; Jan. 16 Child Welfare Summit sponsored by Cabinet for Health and Family Services

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will host the first-ever Child Welfare Summit at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium next month, and prospective participants should save the date. Participants in the “Transformers of Child Welfare” event on Jan. 16, 2019, will focus on transforming child welfare in Kentucky, and leading the nation in implementing the Family...

Deadline to sign up for insurance on Healthcare.gov is Dec. 15, but most Americans don’t know

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With just two weeks left to sign up for federally subsidized health insurance for 2019, time is running out. The deadline for open enrollment on Healthcare.gov is Dec. 15, and fewer Kentuckians have enrolled compared to the same time last year. Four weeks into the six-week enrollment period, Kentucky enrollment on the federal exchange is 22,565. That is 5,414...

Study finds genes linked to body’s use of cholestrol, fat and heart disease increase risk of Alzheimer’s

A study of more than 1.5 million people found that some of the genes that increase the risk for heart disease also increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. It might mean, eventually, that managing cholesterol and fat in the diet could lower some people’s risk for Alzheimer’s. Illustration by Michael Worful The study, published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, looked at the...

Hepatitis A outbreak continues in Northern Kentucky; vaccinations for all residents strongly encouraged

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) continues to see an increase in cases of hepatitis A in Northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties) as part of the larger statewide outbreak. When NKY Health first announced the outbreak in August 2018, more than 50 cases of hepatitis A had been reported. As of November 29, this number has almost quadrupled to more than 200 cases,...

Advocates concerned over rise of uninsured children in Kentucky, as 41,000 now have no coverage

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of children without health coverage in the United States has risen; in Kentucky, it stands at 41,000. According to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the U.S. now lack coverage. The...

DBL Law gives $1 million to the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, saying ‘cancer struggle is deeply personal’

DBL Law, the largest Northern Kentucky-based law firm, has pledged to give $1 million to the St. Elizabeth Foundation to support the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, now under construction in Edgewood. The 233,000-square-foot facility will be the region’s leading cancer treatment center in Greater Cincinnati when it opens in the summer of 2020. “DBL Law partners passionately support the St. Elizabeth...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services updates legislative committee on Kentucky HEALTH

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Cabinet for Health and Family Services officials on Tuesday updated a legislative committee on the new waiver issued by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week. 
CMS once again approved the state’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH, an acronym for Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health, which includes a community engagement...

Inside the Operating Room: St. Elizabeth Healthcare to broadcast lung cancer surgery on Facebook

To culminate lung cancer awareness month, St. Elizabeth Healthcare thoracic surgeon, Dr. Royce Calhoun, will narrate a complex lung cancer surgery he previously performed, live on Facebook.  The broadcast follows the story of 34-year-old father, Marine, and police officer, Joshua Bucchi. Viewers will hear Dr. Calhoun discuss lung cancer, talk through the surgery, and showcase the care needed to treat...

CDC, Alzheimer’s Association release Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map, how to deal with dementia

In an effort to help state and local health departments address the growing Alzheimer’s crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association have released the third edition of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map, provides public health officials with a set of strategies...