A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Democrats claim Bevin’s requirement that able-bodied Medicaid recipients must work is illegal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrats claimed Monday that actions by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work are illegal. 

A contingent of Democratic leaders led by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth made the claim at a press conference outside a Louisville health clinic.

“Medicaid is not a work program,” Yarmuth said.  “It is a program...

Prichard Committee gets W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to expand access to early care and education

Developing innovative methods to support family home child care providers will be the focus of a new initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, which will work in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the improvement...

Lawmakers named to permanent child welfare committee created by passage of HB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders have named most of the members of the permanent Child Welfare and Oversight Advisory Committee created by the passage of House Bill 1, the adoption and foster care reform measure in the 2018 General Assembly. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, named three Republican members: Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, Tom Buford of Nicholasville...

Aetna Foundation donates $50,000 to Chrysalis House to fund employment training services

During the R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chrysalis House on earlier this month Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, which operates the company’s Medicaid plan, presented a $50,000 Aetna Foundation grant to help Chrysalis further its employment training services. Aetna Better Health and the Aetna Foundation know that a positive health impact can be made when communities work together to tackle social...

Tick warning: Bites can transmit serious, potentially deadly illnesses; plan ahead to protect yourself

With spring now in full swing, people are taking advantage of the warmer weather and spending more time outside. This also is the time when tick activity increases across Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding people to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses. “A...

2018 legislature: Big winners — children in foster care, crime victims; the rest — losers and questions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2018 General Assembly is now history and while there are some obvious winners and losers, there are two other categories to consider: “both” or “too soon to tell.” Children in foster care, or awaiting adoption, is one area that is an obvious winner. A bipartisan working group named on the final day of the 2017 session by then-Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown,...

R.J. Corman 5K Run/Walk benefitting Chrysalis House set for May 19 in Nicholasville

The R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chrysalis House will be held Saturday, May 19, at R. J. Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville. Online registration is now available online at www.cormanracesforchrysalis.com or by calling 859-977-2502. Pre-registration is $20 and will remain open until Wednesday, May 16. Early packet pickup will be Thursday, May 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, May 18th...

State providing financial assistance to family foster caregivers; relatives, fictive kin could get payments

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has begun financial assistance payments to eligible relative and fictive kin caregivers with children placed in their home by CHFS. An October 2017 federal court ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case D.O. v. Glisson requires that Kentucky must pay relatives who serve as foster parents in the same manner it pays adults...

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...