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Women Leading Kentucky accepting nomination for the 2019 Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award

Women Leading Kentucky is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award. Named for Kentucky’s first and only female governor, the award recognizes Kentucky women of achievement who inspire and motivate other women through their personal, community and professional lives. 2018 MLK Leadership Award winners Elizabeth Griffin McCoy, of Planters Bank Hopkinsville,...

Task force recommends four-step approach to change culture of youth bullying in Kentucky

  Gov. Steve Beshear today called on lawmakers and Kentucky’s future leaders to adopt new recommendations for schools, public agencies and communities to stop youth bullying.   Alongside members of the Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force, Beshear gave highlights of the group’s 29-page report, which gives four main recommendations to reduce youth bullying and to help foster safer,...

GOP wants to defund Planned Parenthood, but state officials fear rise in teen pregnancy

By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin and the state House GOP caucus are calling for defunding of Planned Parenthood in Kentucky, but Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and his health secretary say the Republicans don’t understand how federally funded family planning and women’s health services work.   Planned Parenthood has come under...

Overdose deaths, prescriptions for opiate treatment drugs rising, worry state officials

Kentucky Health News   Despite measures to discourage prescription drug abuse, Kentucky health officials report overdose deaths continue to rise and opioid treatment drugs are being prescribed “at alarming rates,” Kevin Wheatley reports for cn|2’s Pure Politics.   A shift to cheaper, readily available heroin is partly to blame, Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet...

Beshear cites improvements to Kynect, says state is ready for upcoming open enrollment

A series of improvements to Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange, will improve consumer experience and encourage more Kentuckians to enroll in affordable health insurance, Gov. Steve Beshear said at a press conference today. Open enrollment on Kynect begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15.   “Kentucky is the hands-down national leader in helping people access affordable health care....

Newly created task force ready to tackle bullying in schools; first meeting scheduled

The Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force will hold its first meeting Oct. 22, beginning its work to study bullying in schools and recommend practices and policies to help foster safer, harassment-free school environments.   The meeting will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Auditorium Room A-3 at the Kentucky State Office Building, 501 High St., in Frankfort.   “Bullying...

Young victim-turned-advocate among 22 appointed to bullying prevention task force

For thousands of Kentucky students, going to school can mean bracing for a run-in with a bully. More than one in four Kentucky students aged 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school in 2011, and the Kentucky Department of Education recorded 15,520 incidents of bullying in Kentucky during the 2012-13 school year. That’s one reported bullying incident every four minutes of every school day.   In...

Governor puts total ban on tobacco products on all state property beginning in November

Citing Kentucky’s continued worst state ranking in smoking and cancer deaths, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today that all executive branch state property campuses will be tobacco-free effective Nov. 20 – the day of the Great American Smokeout.   That means no cigarettes, tobacco products or e-cigarettes may be used in state-owned or leased buildings, in state-owned vehicles or on state property...

Women leading Kentucky health: Haynes’ aim is to get reform ‘baked in’ before end of term

This is the last in a series if stories about four high-ranking female state officials who have guided the state’s embrace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   How does a person create lasting change in an ever-changing political environment? “Bake it in,” says Audrey Tayse Haynes.   As secretary for the Cabinet for...

One in every 10 Kentuckians has enrolled
in health care coverage through kynect

More than one in every 10 Kentuckians now has affordable health care – many for the first time, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. That’s 413,410 Kentuckians who enrolled through the state-run exchange, kynect, in the first open enrollment period that ended March 31.   Another 30,000 individuals signed up for health care coverage during the April 4-11 kynect special enrollment period....

Beshear, Haynes discuss Affordable Health Care, state exchange in C-SPAN interviews

Gov. Steve Beshear and Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes today gave live interviews from the C-SPAN Bus during its visit to the State Capitol. The C-SPAN bus is making stops in Kentucky to spread the word about its First Ladies feature series and student documentary contest. Interactive technology aboard the bus gives fans a chance to learn more about the network’s event...

Decision to expand health coverage ensures 308,000 more Kentuckians have access

Calling it “the single-most important decision in our lifetime for improving the health of Kentuckians,” Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the inclusion of 308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program. The expansion, together with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange, will ensure that every Kentuckian will have access to affordable health insurance.   The...

UK HealthCare will operate and manage newly constructed Eastern State Hospital

The new Eastern State Hospital on UK's Coldstream Research Campus. (KyForward file photo)   The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and University of Kentucky HealthCare have signed a letter of intent under which UK will operate and manage the newly constructed Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. The agreement will not only maintain and improve...