Ky’s children improved on several health measures in last year, but many counties remain far behind

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More Kentucky children than ever have health insurance, fewer Kentucky teens are getting pregnant, fewer mothers are smoking during pregnancy, and the state has fewer low-birthweight babies – but that’s not the case in every county, according to the annual Kentucky Kids Count report. The report, released Nov. 15 by Kentucky Youth Advocates, is part of...

Governing Magazine: Congress doesn’t reauthorize CHIP by deadline; Kentucky to run out of money

By Mattie Quinn Governing Magazine Congress missed the Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), sending states that rely on that money scrambling to figure out how to pay for it. U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden introduced a bipartisan bill last month that would have extended funding for five years, but it never even got a vote. Health policy...

Commentary: Protecting Ky’s Children’s Health Insurance Program necessary to ensure our future

As proud members of Kentucky’s business community, ensuring the future strength of our state’s economy and workforce is extremely important to us. Just about the only thing more important is ensuring the future of Kentucky’s children. Thankfully, there’s a great way to achieve both goals simultaneously: Protecting KCHIP, the children’s health insurance program here in Kentucky, which covered...

Kentucky has 6 of top 10 counties for adults on Medicaid; Bell County is 9th for children’s coverage

Of the top 10 rural counties in the United States where adults are most dependent on Medicaid for their health care, Kentucky has six. They are Wolfe, ranking first with 45 percent of its adults on Medicaid; Bell, with 44 percent; Breathitt and Owsley, 43 percent each; Lee, 42 percent; and Harlan, 40 percent. The figures come from the Rural Health Policy Project of the Center for Children and Families...

UK Center for Rural Health receives $1 million grant to connect children in appalachia to health insurance

University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health (Photo from UKNow) The University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) is one of 38 community organizations to receive funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of the Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign....