A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bevin administration to reinstate dental and vision care for thousands of Medicaid recipients

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Dental and vision care for thousands of Medicaid recipients in Kentucky will be reinstated by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 
The benefits were cut at the end of June, following a federal judge blocking Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.  Democrats and public health advocates spoke...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky seeks input for topics, questions for poll; deadline is Aug. 1

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is seeking input about the topics and questions to be included in the next Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The deadline for suggestions is Aug. 1. KHIP is a telephone poll of Kentucky adults, asking their views on key health policy issues likely to come before the legislature or local policy-making bodies, and their opinions on health-related topics and health status...

AARP investing $60 million to fund research and treatment for Kentuckians suffering from Alzheimer’s

Mary Kuhlman Public News Service An estimated 71,000 people in Kentucky are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and efforts to better treat and potentially cure the brain disease are getting a major boost from AARP, which is investing $60 million in the Disrupt Dementia Discovery Fund for dementia and Alzheimer’s research. Dementia silently destroys the brain for nearly 15 years before...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announces Lawrence Prybil as newest board member

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announced today that Lawrence Prybil, PhD., LFACHE, former Associate Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, is the newest member of its 15-person Board of Directors. Prybil has been appointed to complete a term that ends in December 2019; he will be eligible for two additional three-year terms thereafter. Dr. Lawrence Prybil “We’ve...

Lexington Senior Center will hold health fair for seniors and their families on July 20

The Lexington Senior Center will be hosting a Senior Health Fair this Friday, July 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature more than 45 vendors with services and products that benefit senior adults. “As we grow older, we face new, diverse and shifting life challenges. Pair that with an ever-changing community and it can be hard to navigate what services and opportunities are available,”...

Medicaid dental and vision cuts worry patients, healthcare providers; Democrats demand answers

Kentucky is in the third week without dental, vision or non-emergency transportation benefits for 460,000 Kentucky adults on Medicaid, and Democratic lawmakers, health advocates and dentists are continuing to voice their concerns, prompting the state health cabinet to respond online, including a Facebook video that cites “misinformation that is circulating in the media.” The 460,000 who...

Kentucky Moms: The U.S. opposition to global resolution on breastfeeding is a troubling move

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Some parents are still reeling from word of the United States’ opposition to a global resolution supporting breastfeeding. According to a New York Times article, the U.S. wanted to water down a World Health Assembly resolution promoting and protecting breastfeeding around the world. Alex Turpin with the Le Leche League of Louisville said she is worried about...

Kentucky’s fifth viral hepatitis conference set for July 31 at Lexington’s Griffin Gate Marriott Resort

Kentucky will hold its fifth annual viral hepatitis conference, “Kentucky’s Hepatitis Epidemic: The Role of Professionals in Hepatitis Elimination” July 31 in Lexington, three days after World Hepatitis Day. (Click for larger image) The meeting is hosted by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the state Department for Public Health’s Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program...

Kentucky’s new oral health plan calls for expanded roles for hygienists, expanded dental workforce

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s new plan for oral health calls for the state to expand the role of public-health hygienists, find other ways to expand the dental workforce in under-served areas, and raise dentists’ Medicaid fees. And to pay for part of the plan, it calls for a tax on soft drinks that cause tooth decay. The challenge is that all of these suggestions require...

Kellog’s recalls Honey Smacks cereal after 100 sickened, two from Kentucky; CDC warns ‘do not eat’

All Honey Smacks cereal has been recalled after a multi-state salmonilla outbreak has been linked to the cereal, infecting 100 people in 33 states. Two have been infected in Kentucky. The Kellogg Co. first recalled the product mid-June, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the cereal is still being offered for sale in some places. “Retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale...

Five benefits of getting outside — it really is good for you; green spaces contribute to health, happiness

Summer is here and families will spend more time outside dining, playing, relaxing, and gardening as the weather improves. And while they may enjoy being outside, they may not know that getting outside is also good for their health. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) outlines five health benefits of getting outside:   Reason #1: Your lawn can make you happier! Our stress levels fall within...

Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder forum in Ashland rescheduled; additional forum dates announced

A Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder advisory forum originally slated for Thursday, July 12 in Ashland is being rescheduled. The date, place and time of the Ashland forum will be announced later, according to program staff from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). Please continue to check the program’s website, kentuckyhealth.ky.gov for updates about upcoming stakeholder forums and other information...

Kentucky Blood Center makes appeal for donations to maintain supply during critical summer months

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service With the busy July 4 holiday week over, emergency officials are hoping Kentuckians have some time to help save lives in their community. The Kentucky Blood Center serves 90 counties and provides blood to over 70 hospitals. However, the center’s vice president of marketing, Martha Osborne, says maintaining an adequate supply during the summer months is challenging. One...

Ky. ranks next to last in exercise, the closest thing to a wonder drug, say Centers for Disease Control

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky adults rank next to last for getting the recommended amount of exercise, followed only by Mississippi, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, based on CDC polling that asks people about their exercise habits and health. The poll found that only 14.6 percent of Kentucky adults reported getting the amount of...

Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky worst ever — over 900 cases confirmed, six deaths — and it isn’t over

Kentucky Health News State health officials say the hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky is the worst ever, and the crisis isn’t over. “It’s the worst on record across the nation and in Kentucky,” Dr. Jeff Howard, Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health, told Beth Warren of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Kentucky health officials have confirmed 969 cases and six deaths from...

Older Americans need to put priority on oral care — poor dental habits affect your overall health

Special to KyFoward Conscientious parents constantly remind children to brush and floss, and routinely schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy – and staying that way. But youngsters aren’t the only ones who need reminders. Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they aren’t doing so. In fact, the statistics...

University of Kentucky nurse, diabetes educator teaching kids with diabetes how to be kids

When Leslie Scott was a little girl, she watched as her mother struggled with the challenges associated with type 1 diabetes. Not just managing the disease, which involves regular blood sugar checks and insulin injections, but rather handling the stigmas and misconceptions people have about diabetes. “She wasn’t allowed to participate in things because of her disease, and I saw the impact...

Will your sunglasses prevent serious eye disease? Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians offers tips

With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the sun is hotter, and the threat from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays is greater. Excess sun exposure can put you at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. This is true for young and old people, year-round. Prevention is simple. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation. But how do you know if your sunglasses are up to the...

Going boldly where no plant has ever been, thanks to collaboration between Space Tango, UK scientists

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky Joe Chappell’s latest venture in plant-based drug development could be described, quite literally, as “out of this world.” Chappell runs one of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s natural products labs, with the specific goal of developing new therapeutics derived from flora. Now, working with UK postdoc Chase Kempinski and a team from...

State provides Q&A sheet to providers, patients in wake of ruling blocking Medicaid plan

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As the Cabinet for Health and Family Services scrambles to deal with the fall-out from a court ruling that vacated the state’s new Medicaid plan, which was set to go into place Sunday, July 1, its call centers and front-line staff are using a new question-and-answer document to help health-care providers advise their Medicaid clients. The document says...