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Kentucky receives approval to provide increased access to Medicaid health services for students

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has received final approval for a Medicaid state plan amendment that will expand health services in schools. The change to Medicaid will be phased in during the current school year, and approval for direct services reimbursements to school districts is retroactive to Aug. 1. “Approval of this amendment is a game-changer,” said CHFS Secretary Adam...

Inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit looks to find solutions to senior food insecurity

The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) held its inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit on last week in Frankfort. The event connected community partners in finding real solutions to issues surrounding senior food insecurity. “There is no reason anyone in our state should go hungry. Whether it’s a child or an older adult or anywhere between. We have...

Commentary: Drug Take-Back, prescription safety is key in continued fight against the opioid epidemic

By Adam Meier and John Tilley State of Kentucky Prescription opioids, such as Lortab, Percocet, and OxyContin, are medications that may be prescribed for the treatment of acute pain. Historically, these medications have often been overprescribed and used inappropriately in an effort to manage chronic pain. As a result, prescription opioids continue to line the shelves of our medicine cabinets in abundance. Over...

Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative launched Tuesday during convening at Churchill Downs

The Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KyPQC) launched Tuesday during a convening at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The launch brought together healthcare professionals and other stakeholders dedicated to decreasing the maternal mortality rate, decreasing rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and improving maternal and infant health outcomes in the commonwealth amidst the opioid crisis...

Kentucky Health officials urge caution regarding vaping as reported cases of severe lung injury rise

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) continues to monitor and investigate a growing number of cases of severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette use or vaping. DPH is working closely with healthcare providers, local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Food & Drug Administration and other states to gather information about this outbreak. “As...

UK physician Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger appointed commissioner of KY Department for Public Health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services has named Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger commissioner of its Department for Public Health. Dearinger, 43, is board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, public health and general preventive medicine. She is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky and is its College of Medicine’s assistant...

Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit focuses on reducing negative consequences of illegal drug use

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A crowd of more than 500 came from throughout the Commonwealth to Covington last week for the 2019 Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit. The list of speakers included Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Adam Meier, Department for Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Jeff Howard and other public health representatives, harm reduction experts and response...

Governor’s Service Awards presented to 12 individuals, six groups from across Kentucky

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier honored 12 individuals and six groups from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions at the 24th annual Governor’s Service Awards in Frankfort. “The men and women honored today personify the servant’s heart,” said Hampton. “We are blessed to have so many Kentuckians who generously...

State officials defend handling of hepatitis A outbreak in wake of additional warnings, legislators concerns

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News State Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier called a news conference on March 1 to discuss the state’s hepatitis A outbreak and spent most of the time criticizing news-media coverage, mainly the Louisville Courier Journal’s investigation that revealed state health officials had rejected expert advice to mount a stronger response. Since...

Kentucky’s new Health Secretary Adam Meier makes move from creating policy to delivering it

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state’s new health secretary moved from a policy job that he loved to one that puts him squarely into a position of delivering those policies he helped to create, a decision that he didn’t take lightly. Gov. Matt Bevin “didn’t have to twist my arm,” Adam Meier told Kentucky Health News in an interview. “It was a big decision...

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recognizes human services employees

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized several human services staff from across the state for their exemplary service to the commonwealth. The employees, part of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services, were honored at the Governor’s Mansion this week for leadership and accomplishments over the past year. CHFS Secretary Adam Meier told the honorees they...

CHFS names Howard Commissioner of Dept. for Public Health; announces additional changes

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has made the following announcement regarding key leadership positions in various departments. Dr. Howard Dr. Jeffrey Howard, M.D. is now Commissioner for the Department for Public Health (DPH). Dr. Howard has been acting Health Commissioner since November 2017. Dr. Howard attended Union College, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the...