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A single mom and combat veteran, ‘scared to death’ about losing daughter, suing CHFS social workers

By Judy Clabes KyForward special editor Nikkie Holliday is an army brat who followed in the footsteps of two career military parents to spend 10 years in the Army, rising to Staff Sergeant. She spent 27 months in Iraq and Afghanistan, unafraid to serve her country in the most dangerous places. But she was “scared to death” the day a social worker threatened to take away her three-year-old daughter...

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...

Dare to Care Food Bank, CHFS celebrate first of monthly mobile food pantry visits in Louisville

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and Dare to Care Food Bank on Thursday celebrated the first of what will be monthly mobile food pantry visits to Louisville’s L&N Building. Dare to Care will set up its mobile pantry in the L&N parking lot from 10 a.m. until noon on the fourth Thursday of each month. Meat, dairy, vegetables, and fruit are among the items provided. First...

New Department of Medicaid Services recommends increased regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) and Office of Health Data and Analytics has released a new report on the state’s pharmacy benefit program. “MEDICAID PHARMACY PRICING: Opening the Black Box”  looks at the impact and role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), which serve as intermediaries between Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and pharmacies....

CHFS releases updated Medicaid budget predictions, Kentucky HEALTH timeline for 2019

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has released updated guidance regarding the implementation of Kentucky HEALTH, which was re-approved in November by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new information includes updated implementation milestones for various components of Kentucky HEALTH that will be phased-in during 2019. On April 1, Kentucky HEALTH will begin with many...

Delays announced to implementation of parts of Bevin administration’s Medicaid waiver

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Some parts of the Bevin administration’s implementation of the Medicaid waiver that was granted by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, are being delayed.   
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Thursday released updated guidance regarding Kentucky HEALTH, which was re-approved in November by CMS. 
Kentucky HEALTH, an acronym for...

Government shutdown delays lawsuit against Governor Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Health Plan

The partial shutdown of the federal government has slowed the lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to revamp Kentucky’s Medicaid program with work requirements and premiums starting April 1. The judge handling the case in Washington, D.C., gave federal lawyers an extra week to file briefs, after denying their motion for an indefinite stay. The acronym in the name of the state’s...

State office of vital statistics warns of using unapproved vendors to get copies of documents

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is warning people who need copies of documents such as birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates about using third-party vendors who are not approved by the state. 
The start of the new year typically means an increase in the number of requests for those documents and, while Cabinet officials say obtaining them is easy,...

Chrysalis House opens new facility, expands capacity; joins with state and community partners

Chrysalis House has expanded its capacity from 46 beds to 62. A grand opening celebration was held at the new facility located at 1374 Bull Lea Rd., Lexington on Thursday, December 20. Unique to this venture is the state and community partnerships. The building is located on the grounds of Eastern State Hospital, made available through a lease facilitated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services,...

State workers, county attorneys collect more than a thousand coats and hoodies for foster kids

Kentucky state employees and county attorneys have collected more than 1,000 coats and hoodies for children as part of a charity drive this holiday season. In a collection drive coordinated by staff at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Division for Income Support (DIS) and the Kentucky County Attorneys Association (KCAA), 1,085 coats and hoodies were collected. The coats are for...

This is the last week to sign up for health insurance at Healthcare.gov; deadline is Saturday, Dec. 15

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With just a few days left to enroll in a health insurance plan on Healthcare.gov, it’s time to sign up if you want federally subsidized coverage for 2019. Enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, ends Saturday, Dec. 15. If you need help with enrolling or simply have questions, there are more than 600...

Number of Ky. parents claiming religious exemption for children’s vaccinations jumps 59 percent

Kentucky Health News More Kentucky children are not being immunized “for medical and religious reasons,” Ashleigh Mills reports for Spectrum News. “Doctors worry the number could be growing because of misinformation circulating online.” In the last school year, parents of 442 sixth graders exempted them from vaccines. That was only 1.5 percent of the total, but an increase of...

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 2-8; get vaccinated to help prevent spread of flu

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, encourages Kentuckians to get a flu shot during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, to help prevent the spread of flu this holiday season. “The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu,” said Jeff Howard, M.D., commissioner of DPH. “If...

State social services staff receive technology upgrade; tablets will save time, paperwork

A new technology upgrade will allow hundreds of Cabinet social workers across Kentucky to spend less time on paperwork. Approximately 1,800 social workers and social services staff will receive tablets to replace their laptop and desktop computers. This new approach will save time and allow staff in the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP), part of the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based...

DPH offers tips to stay safe this season from carbon monoxide, hypothermia, foodborne illness

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds Kentuckians of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, hypothermia and foodborne illness from possible power outages and cold weather conditions. “When temperatures drop significantly below normal such as during a cold spell or during a long-term power outage, staying warm and safe can...

Eli Capilouto: Kentucky can stem the tide of opioid abuse and addiction — and UK will help

Kentucky families know better than most the plague of addiction. Kentucky ranks third in the United States in overdose deaths, and families residing in Kentucky’s rural communities are disproportionately impacted by the opioid crisis. But there is hope. There is us. We know that Kentucky can stem this devastating tide. At the University of Kentucky, our faculty and clinicians are doggedly determined...

Gov. Bevin, First Lady Bevin honor Kentucky adoptive, foster parents for dedication in child care

Gov. Matt Bevin, First Lady Glenna Bevin and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) officials recently honored several families from across the Commonwealth for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children. “We are determined to make Kentucky the gold standard — to make this truly as fine a place to be a foster child as anywhere in America,”...

Gov. and First Lady honor families across the Commonwealth as adoptive, foster parents

Governor Matt Bevin, First Lady Glenna Bevin, and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) officials recently honored several families from across the Commonwealth for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children. “We are determined to make Kentucky the gold standard — to make this truly as fine a place to be a foster child as anywhere in America,”...

Agreement will help Kyians with severe mental illness move from institutional care to community housing

Kentucky Health News The state has reached an agreement with an independent agency that advocates for people with disabilities that should allow more people with severe mental illness to get out of institutional care an into community housing. The agreement allows the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Protection and Advocacy to address many of the concerns identified in a 2012 P&A...