Stress can increase child abuse and neglect during holidays; here are tips, reminders of responsibility

Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse or neglect. With children home from school, holiday travel and seasonal shopping and associated expenses, parents can get frazzled more easily than usual. What is typically a fun and joyful time for children can become devastating when parents or caregivers cope with stress...

Public Service Commission reports Natural Gas costs to rise this winter, provides assistance options

Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat higher prices at the start of the 2017-2018 heating season than they did a year ago, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) advised today. Gas prices have risen, on average, about 13 percent from this time last year, but are still about 58 percent below the November 2008 average price of $11.70. When base rates – which...

Union County DCBS employee named Champion for Children by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

A 19-year veteran of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) social services agency has been honored for her work by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK). Susan Clements, of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Union County office, was recognized by the child advocacy organization as a Champion for Children last month during the 21st annual Kids Are Worth It!...

State officials confident feds will restore funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program before deadline

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Congress works to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program days after the Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorization passed, Kentucky officials are confident their funding will be renewed before the federal money runs out. “Without funding reauthorization on the federal level, we have enough money to maintain CHIP services for about six months,”...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services announces top child support collection officials and staff

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners and other staff who have helped secure outstanding child support payments this year. The winners were announced Friday at a ceremony in Frankfort hosted by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement program (CSE), part of the CHFS Department for Income Support (DIS). The...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Screening, early detection vital in battle against breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Breast cancer awareness is this week’s focus of the 52 Weeks of public health campaign from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “Breast Cancer awareness, early detection and screening are vital issues...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services touts results in first year of Red Tape Reduction Initiative

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is working to eliminate numerous regulations reviewed as part of the state government wide Red Tape Reduction initiative that were determined to be outdated, burdensome or unnecessary for the public. An additional 44 percent of the regulations reviewed by the Cabinet have been identified for updates. Red Tape Reduction is an initiative spearheaded by...

KIP survey indicate alarming number of Kentucky teenagers have contemplated suicide

The first few weeks of a new school year can be overwhelming and sometimes very difficult for many students. With classes now back in session across the Commonwealth, officials want school staff and parents to know about that a recent report that indicated an alarming number of Kentucky teenagers have considered or attempted suicide. The report, from Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP), shows...

Giesbrecht named new public health veterinarian; will focus on diseases spread between animals, humans

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 75 percent of the new diseases that have affected humans over the past 10 years originated from an animal or an animal product. Kentucky has appointed a new public health veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Giesbrecht, to help protect Kentuckians and the state’s animal populations from such diseases. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Giesbrecht join our...

Health officials offer tips to safely beat summertime heat as part of 52-week Public Health Campaign

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the  Department for Public Health, located within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS),  urges the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during  periods of extreme summertime heat, particularly dangers associated with leaving children in vehicles.  “Extreme temperatures are cause for concern, so we advise the public to...

Attorneys file 111 medical negligence cases to beat new law requiring prior health panel review

In a proverbial rush to the courthouse, Kentucky lawyers filed 111 lawsuits alleging medical negligence in the week before a new state law took effect, requiring such suits to be reviewed by a panel of health professionals before they can proceed. Andrew Wolfson of The Courier-Journal in Louisville reports that 68 of the suits allege “that doctors, hospitals, nursing home and other medical professionals...

State to accept public comments, hold forums on modifications to pending Medicaid waiver

The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services announced Monday that it will provide the public the opportunity to review and provide input on operational modifications to the 1115 Kentucky HEALTH demonstration waiver application that is currently pending approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Last year, Gov. Matt Bevin, Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie...

Yarmuth seeks update on Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver; urges health secretary to reject it

In a June 15 letter, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville asked U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price for an update on the status of Kentucky’s proposal to reshape its Medicaid program, and urged him to not approve it. The proposal went to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services almost 10 months ago. Approval is expected, but it may include provisions that were not requested of the...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State Public Health Department raising awareness of lung diseases

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising awareness of the impact of Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a term used to describe lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Kentucky has the second highest incidence of COPD in the U.S. To better address...

Current state of Zika virus threat, response measures the focus of Kentucky health summit

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), renowned experts and response partners gathered in Lexington Thursday for the 2017 Kentucky Zika Summit. This conference, held at the Lexington Center, brought together healthcare professionals,...

Commentary: Department for Public Health has a major impact on all of our lives

By Dr. Hiram C. Polk Special to KyForward Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Did you brush your teeth this morning? If so, the Department for Public Health (DPH) has touched your life. DPH doesn’t only inspect the conditions of restaurants you visit, but also worked to make Kentucky the first state to add fluoride to your water to help protect your teeth. As a component of Kentucky Cabinet...

World TB Day a reminder that tuberculosis continues to be a serious public health concern

As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), a part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is reminding Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day. This year’s theme from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “Unite to End TB” to emphasize the partnership...

Spring Breaker travelers warned to take precautions against Zika virus — protect yourself and others

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, advises spring break travelers to be cautious and take steps to prevent mosquito bites and unprotected sexual contact if traveling to areas of the globe where the Zika virus has been identified. DPH also is urging pregnant women to avoid traveling to areas with active Zika virus transmission.   Information...

State’s transition to Healthcare.gov termed a success as over 81,000 Kentuckians enrolled for coverage

Open Enrollment for 2017 is now complete and Kentucky officials are reporting a successful transition from kynect to the federal health insurance marketplace. Enrollment figures for 2017 are on par with coverage obtained via the previous state exchange known as kynect. Once the transition is fully complete, Kentucky anticipates saving in excess of $10 million annually by not having to operate its...

Lexington-Fayette Health Department marks Radon Awareness Month with free at-home kits

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in urging residents to learn more about the dangers of radon, particularly in the home. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is found naturally in rocks and soil. It enters homes through cracks and other openings in foundations....