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McConnell files bill to better inform doctors and pregnant w

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced a bill Thursday to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop edu...
20-04-2018 16:03

Poll: 24% of Kentucky adults know someone with a pill proble

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsWhether it\'s the misuse of prescription pain relievers, heroin or methamphetamine, the latest Kentucky Health I...
19-04-2018 16:03

Index of readiness for disasters and health emergencies has

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIs Kentucky is as ready to manage a natural disaster or a health emergency" Just as much as the nation as a whol...
18-04-2018 16:03

New Medicaid rules would lead to many more people losing cov

Changes in the state Medicaid program, to be phased in starting July 1, would lead to many more people losing health coverage than the state has estim...
17-04-2018 16:03

Legislature tosses health departments and mental-health cent

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? As it wrapped up its business, the Kentucky General Assembly threw a financial lifeline to health depa...
16-04-2018 16:03

In 1990-2016, Ky. had 4th highest increase in risk of death,

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsLife expectancy in Kentucky increased from 1990 to 2016, but by only 1.4 years, while it increased 4.4 years nationwide...
16-04-2018 16:03

Legislature overrides vetoes to pass tax bill; tobacco advoc

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? Kentucky\'s cigarette tax is going up by 83 percent in July, to $1.10 a pack, but the impact on Kentuc...
14-04-2018 16:03

Paducah expands smoking ban to e-cigs, private workplaces

Paducah has expanded the anti-smoking ordinance that it first passed in 2006.The city commission voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday, April 10 to apply the ban to...
12-04-2018 16:02

Surgeon general urges friends and relatives of drug users to

Adams and Jody Jaggers of Kentucky PharmacistsAssociation\'s Pharmacy Emergency Preparedness(Photo by Mary Meehan, Ohio Valley ReSource)The U.S. surge...
11-04-2018 16:03

Beshear joins 15 other Democratic attorneys general in seeki

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with 15 of his Democratic counterparts in other states seeking to intervene a lawsuit aimed at striking down ...
10-04-2018 16:03

Kentuckians' enrollment in Affordable Care Act plans is 10.4

Over 10 percent more Kentuckians signed up for Obamacare health insurance in the recent enrollment period than the one a year ago, contrary to the nat...
09-04-2018 16:04

Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon expands again t

The hospital has expanded across a Mount Vernon street to make room for more respiratory residents.Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon is a n...
09-04-2018 16:04

Many health-related bills have passed and two have been veto

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- Health-related bills passed by Kentucky lawmakers this year address transparency, access to ca...
09-04-2018 16:04

Feds will nearly double funding for research on addiction an

The National Institutes of Health said at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit April 4 that it will increase funding for research on addicti...
09-04-2018 16:04

Legislature sends governor two Medicaid drug measures, one t

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A bill to allow pharmacists to tell their patients the least expensive way to pay for their me...
07-04-2018 16:03

Lexington bans tobacco, including smokeless, at city ballfie

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsLexington\'s 56 city-run baseball parks, including Whitaker Bank Ballpark where the Lexington Legends play, are ...
06-04-2018 16:03

50-cent cigarette-tax hike largest ever in Ky. but will do l

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- As part of a larger tax bill, the Kentucky General Assembly voted April 2 to increase the stat...
05-04-2018 16:03

Bill to certify professional midwives passes Senate, but no

By Melissa Patrick and Al CrossKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A bill to give midwives professional recognition in Kentucky made it out of the S...
02-04-2018 16:04

Bill to spur disposal of painkillers goes to Bevin; CVS says

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A bill designed to inform Kentuckians about the importance of getting rid of their unused pain...
01-04-2018 16:03

Ky. legislators mull cigarette tax hike of 40 cents or more

Kentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? As legislators scrambled to meet a deadline to pass a budget they can protect from the governor\'s line-item veto...
01-04-2018 16:03

Ky. Hospital Assn. joins Bevin suit against 16 Kentuckians w

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe Kentucky Hospital Association has joined Gov. Matt Bevin\'s federal lawsuit against the 16 Kentuckians who f...
30-03-2018 16:03

Bevin gets bill to ban most common type of 2nd-trimester abo

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A  House bill to ban the most common kind of second-trimester abortion has finally passed and...
30-03-2018 16:03

County-by-county figures on Medicaid enrollment updated

Counties in bold are those that will be represented byattendees at KHN\'s Friday health reporting workshop.How many people in your county are benefici...
29-03-2018 16:03

No-penalty bill to require bicycle helmets dies, as some sen

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? A no-penalty bill to require children under 12 to wear a helmet when bicycling has died for t...
26-03-2018 16:03

State not keeping up with 'explosion' of babies with hepatit

The dangerous liver virus hepatitis C "has skyrocketed among Kentucky births amid the state?s raging drug epidemic, but attempts to prevent, track and...
26-03-2018 16:03

Rural health clinics claim drug makers and distributors 'cre

"Two rural Kentucky health clinics are trying to open a new front in the legal battle against drug companies that allegedly used improper tactics to...
25-03-2018 16:03

House bill to allow detention and treatment of revived overd

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- Despite considerable support for the concept, a bill to allow first responders to detain and h...
25-03-2018 16:03

Senate bill to create tele-heath payment model, with anti-ab

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A Senate tele-health bill aimed at increasing access to care and saving the state money is awa...
24-03-2018 16:03

Ban of most common type of 2nd-trimester abortions nears pas

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A House bill to ban the most common method of second-trimester abortion is near final passage ...
24-03-2018 16:03

Sex-ed bill to require abstinence and monogamy be taught nea

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA Senate bill to require Kentucky schools to teach abstinence and monogamy in sex-education programs moved out o...
23-03-2018 16:03

Denied federal funding, study on the health effects of mount

"After Trump administration officials ordered a halt to a study on the health effects of mountaintop removal last fall, the study?s committee has be...
23-03-2018 16:03

Optometry bill delivered to the governor after Senate change

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA bill to regulate online eye exams has been delivered to Gov. Matt Bevin after getting final passage from the s...
23-03-2018 16:03

Interactive map shows county data on Appalachian opioid over

Lexington Herald-Leader map, drawn from Appalachian regional map by NORC, University of ChicagoA new data visualization tool offers in-depth, county-...
23-03-2018 16:03

Dr. William P. 'Buddy' McElwain, health commissioner for Gov

Dr. W.P. McElwain in 2012Dr. William P. "Buddy" McElwain, who was Kentucky\'s health commissioner under three governors in the 1970s, died Tuesday, Ma...
19-03-2018 16:03

Senate health panel OKs 4 opioid bills; 3 quickly pass Senat

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFour of the seven bills that passed out of the March 14 Senate Health and Welfare Committee meeting dealt with o...
19-03-2018 16:03

No-penalty bill to require kids under 12 to wear bicycle hel

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA House bill to require children under 12 to wear bicycle helmets came up one vote short in the Senate Transport...
19-03-2018 16:03

Original sponsor of $1 cigarette-tax increase says it's not

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- The state Senate\'s version of the budget will not include the House\'s 50-cent-a-pack cigarette-tax ...
19-03-2018 16:03

County Health Rankings show movement among some counties; ra

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe latest County Health Rankings report for Kentucky shows little change among the top and bottom quarters of...
17-03-2018 16:03

Senate bill to shed light on Medicaid prescription costs and

By Melissa Patrick and Al CrossKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A new version of a Senate bill to put the state back in direct charge of its Medi...
17-03-2018 16:03

The more opioids doctors prescribe, the more money they make

"As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard Univers...
15-03-2018 16:03

Neighborhood just south of Churchill Downs had Jefferson Cou

The ZIP code just south of Churchill Downs had Jefferson County\'s highest rate of drug-overdose deaths in 2017, Joe Sonka of Insider Louisville ...
12-03-2018 16:03

After much debate, optometrists' bill to require online eye

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A bill to require a portion of an online eye exam to be in "real time" went to the Senate floo...
11-03-2018 16:03

Committee hears but doesn't vote on bill that would ban wome

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A bill to prohibit abortion of a fetus that may have Down syndrome was heard by the House Heal...
11-03-2018 16:03

Medical marijuana bill shelved on 14-4 committee vote; legis

After three straight days of discussion, Kentucky lawmakers shelved a controversial but apparently popular bill to legalize medical marijuana, increas...
10-03-2018 16:02

Rural areas have many obstacles to mental health care, inclu

"Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression are common among older adults in rural areas, affecting 10 to 25 percent of that population. But m...
10-03-2018 16:02

Kentucky HEALTH Stakeholder Advisory Forum meeting table cor

Corrective Notice: This is a corrective notice for the Kentucky HEALTH Stakeholder Advisory Forums table published Feb. 27. The new table has been rev...
09-03-2018 16:03

Bill to ban most common type of second-trimester abortion he

A bill to ban the most common method of second-trimester abortion passed out of the House Judiciary Committee March 7, with opponents saying the legis...
08-03-2018 16:04

54% of Ky. high schools have full-time nurse; poll finds str

Barely half of Kentucky\'s high schools have a full-time registered nurse, according to the news release from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, ...
08-03-2018 16:04

2 bills targeting pharmacy benefit managers move; aimed at h

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? Two pharmacy bills are a little closer to becoming law: one to let pharmacists  tell their pa...
05-03-2018 16:03

Senate passes medical tort reform bill, 20-16

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A medical tort reform bill passed the state Senate by an unusually close 20-16 vote March 1, w...
05-03-2018 16:03

Bill to keep doctors' reviews of peers out of lawsuits is am

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A bill to keep doctors\' reviews of other doctors from being used in medical-malpractice lawsu...
03-03-2018 16:03

House OKs 50-cent hike in cigarette tax; health advocates sa

The House roll call (Photo by Tom Loftus, Courier Journal)By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe state House approved a bill Thursday to raise the ...
02-03-2018 16:03
02-03-2018 16:03

Big majorities of Ky. adults in both parties want all to hav

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsNearly nine in 10 Kentucky adults would like to see all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care...
02-03-2018 16:03

State will hold monthly public meetings, starting March 8, t

State officials have announced 10 public "stakeholder advisory forums" to help ensure a successful transition to the state\'s new Medicaid plan, calle...
01-03-2018 16:03

Senate passes bill to create reimbursement model for telehea

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA telehealth bill aimed at increasing access to care and saving the state money passed the Senate without opposi...
01-03-2018 16:03

$100,000 advertising campaign for cigarette-tax hike will re

Screenshot of opening segment of one TV commercialBy Al CrossKentucky Health NewsKentuckians will be being reminded of their state\'s suffering from s...
26-02-2018 16:03

Officials of Breckinridge hospital say it needs new tax to s

Photo via Norton HealthcareOfficials of Breckinridge Memorial Hospital in Hardinsburg say the 25-bed, critical-access hospital is running out of money...
25-02-2018 16:03

With legislative session more than half over, most health-re

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- Most of the health-related bills in Kentucky\'s legislative session appear to be driven by the...
25-02-2018 16:03

Advocates urge lawmakers to raise cigarette tax to raise rev

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- At a Feb. 22 rally in the state Capitol, more than 100 advocates from the American Cancer Soci...
24-02-2018 16:03

Hepatitis A outbreak grows, mainly in Louisville, but cases

Kentucky\'s outbreak of hepatitis A is growing, as the state Department for Public Health reports 117 cases, 96 of them in the Louisville area. "Outbr...
24-02-2018 16:03

State's flu-death toll of 147 includes woman who died two da

The death toll from this year\'s flu season in Kentucky reached 147 as of Feb. 17, including a 34-year-old Grayson County woman who died of the diseas...
24-02-2018 16:03

Lobbying on cigarette tax ramps up, with foundation's ads an

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- If activity by lobbying interests is any indication, the idea of raising the state cigarette tax $1 a...
23-02-2018 16:02
 



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