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Kentucky’s state-based health exchange, kynect, to reopen for enrollment beginning November 1

Gov. Andy Beshear announced kynect, Kentucky’s state-based health insurance exchange will reopen for enrollment beginning Nov. 1, allowing access to health coverage and other benefits. The move, approved recently by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), allows Kentuckians to access and compare state-managed health care options, apply for coverage and complete their enrollment all...

School counselors say Kentucky’s Kids are reporting depression, suicidal thoughts amid pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The COVID-19 pandemic has had a large negative effect on student mental health, school counselors told members of the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Education Committee on Tuesday. Linda Tyree, Crisis Response director for the Green River Regional Education Cooperative, told the panel that up until recently, they would respond to the death or serious injury of a student...

Scottie Day: COVID-19 and children, what to look out for now that in-person classes have resumed

As flu season comes around and our children are going back to school, there are many concerns on how to monitor your child’s health. Not only can a common cold mimic the symptoms of COVID-19, but allergies and the flu can both have similarities as well. With school being in-person, it is crucial that we take all the necessary precautions to keep our kids safe and healthy. At the Children’s Hospital,...

NorthKey Community Care gets $5million federal grant to address emotional, mental illness

NorthKey Community Care in Covington has received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to address the needs of individuals who have serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness as well as a substance use disorder. The grant was announced by Sen. Mitch McConnell as part of $21.4 million awarded to...

Long into the pandemic, the region’s health departments aren’t just battling COVID-19

By Corrine Boyer Ohio Valley Resource The pandemic has swamped health departments. Since August, Ohio Valley health departments have been dealing with a massive surge in cases and that means more testing, contact tracing and phone calls. Although disease investigation is a core service of health departments, the pandemic has demanded a continual, robust response, placing strain on public health employees. “It...

State had sharp increase in pregnancy terminations in 2020, according to annual report by Office of Vital Statistics

By Tessa Richmond Kentucky Today The Commonwealth saw another sharp increase in both overall pregnancy terminations and the use of chemical abortion pills last year, according to the Office of Vital Statistics.

 Elective abortions in the state have been on the rise since 2017, when the Department for Public Health started gathering and publishing data related to abortions. Not even a pandemic...

Gov. Beshear says COVID spike may be easing but numbers still too high; ‘get vaccinated, wear masks’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Signs are that the latest spike in COVID-19 cases in Kentucky may be easing, Gov. Andy Beshear said on Thursday.  The governor said, however, 63 of the state’s 96 hospitals still have critical staffing shortages. Gov. Beshear: Get vaccinated, wear masks. “But the positive is we have seen hospitalizations decrease, and now ICU utilization is decreasing over the past...

Commentary: Employers can help Kentuckians reach long-term recovery while building their workforce

By LaKisha Miller, Van Ingram, Pat Fogarty and Jamie Johnson Special to NKyTribune Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the past 18 months have brought many challenges for our health care system, businesses, schools and families. Now, employers of all types and sizes across Kentucky are eager to get back on track and contribute to the state’s economic recovery. But many are struggling to...

COVID complications claim the life of legendary Johnson Central High School coach Jim Matney

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Jim Matney, a mountain coaching legend with multiple state championships in wrestling and football at Johnson Central High School, died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19. His sister-in-law Janette Jude announced the death of the storied Kentucky coach in a social media post. Matney contracted COVID-19 sometime after Johnson Central played Lexington’s Henry Clay...

Boone, Kenton and Campbell reach 60% vaccine milestone; Beshear touts boosters for those eligible

Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties are among 11 Kentucky counties that have reached the milestone of at least 60% of residents receiving at least their first dose of a COVID vaccine. The other counties are Anderson, Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Perry, Scott and Woodford. Gov. Beshear at Monday’s press conference. The number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky...

National nursing home, assisted living survey shows staffing shortages, concerns about staying open

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country, released a survey of nursing home and assisted living providers across the U.S. Results from the survey highlight an urgent need for Congress to address the labor shortage facing the long term care industry. Key findings...

St. E. Healthy Headlines: Flu season is here; know these deadly myths about the shots and get yours

Flu season is upon us, which means it’s time to get your flu shot. The flu can have a devastating effect on people of all ages, especially those with a compromised immune system. In fact, in 2020, about 38 million people in the United States had the flu, and more than 22,000 people died of complications last year. Of those that died, it’s estimated 80 percent did not get the vaccine. So, what...

U.S. District Judge David Bunning rules for St. Elizabeth Healthcare on employee vaccine mandate

U.S. District Judge David Bunning has ruled in favor of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in a suit filed by 47 employees asking for an injunction barring enforcement of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Bunning said in the ruling that, “If an employee believes his or her individual liberties are more important than legally permissible conditions on his or her employment, that employee can and...

Beshear sends additional National Guard assistance to hospitals as COVID cases continue to rise

More Kentucky National Guard soldiers will be deployed to help hospitals in the state that are overrun with COVID-19. (KNG photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced that more Kentucky National Guard troops as well as AmeriCorps members are being sent to hospitals across the state that are overrun with cases of COVID-19. During a Thursday afternoon press conference, the governor...

NKU receives $1 million federal grant, part of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program

Northern Kentucky University received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. This initiative was established to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance misuse by enhancing rural residents’ access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support. “This...