Coalition for a Smoke-Free Kentucky releases Infographic illustrating high cost of smoking

Kentucky spends $1.92 billion every year on health care costs related to smoking, according to a new infographic released by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow. The infographic makes the case for raising the state’s current tax on cigarettes by at least $1 per pack, which would raise $266.2 million a year in revenue that the Commonwealth could use for health care, pensions or other needs. Created...

Even if automatically re-enrolled, check out your healthcare options; open enrollment ends Dec. 15

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News This is the first year that more than 80,000 Kentuckians with a 2017 health insurance plan on the federal exchange will be automatically re-enrolled in a 2018 marketplace plan. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t check out other options before open enrollment ends Dec. 15. “People should not automatically assume that they are going to get re-enrolled...

Kentucky shows sharp improvement in number of low-income uninsured, study shows

Kentucky had the largest drop in low-income, working-age people without health insurance, and the biggest decline in adults who passed up medical care due to cost, after the state embraced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Those two findings were the Kentucky highlights of the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the impacts of the 2010 health-reform law, released last week. The report...

Kentucky Voices for Health hosting eight community forums to discuss proposed Medicaid changes

Kentucky Voices for Health will host eight community forums across the state to discuss Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid program during the 30-day federal comment period, which ends Oct. 8. Each event will feature a brief presentation about the proposed changes, allow time for questions and will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss how the proposed changes...

Commentary: #KeepKYCovered coalition speaks out about risks to well-being of Bevin health proposal

Governor Bevin’s proposed Medicaid waiver (Kentucky HEALTH) includes a number of harmful changes that will impact the health and economic wellbeing of hardworking, low-income Kentuckians, families and our most vulnerable citizens across the Commonwealth. Today, #KeepKYCovered brings together Medicaid recipients, health advocates, faith leaders, and providers to speak about the impact these changes...

Kynectors, health advocates ask state to maintain current staffing, resource levels in new system

As the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin works toward dismantling Kynect, the state’s health insurance exchange, health advocates say they worry that the transition is going too quickly to be smooth, risking a loss of coverage for some Kentuckians. Kentucky Voices for Health, a coalition of groups supporting health-care reform, said that the administration needs to “keep, hire and train...