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United States Supreme Court to decide if Daniel Cameron can defend abortion-related law

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The United States Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron can defend an abortion-related law that was struck down by a lower court. The law, which has been blocked by the courts, was passed in 2018. It bans a surgical procedure commonly used after the 15th week of pregnancy known as dilation and evacuation, or D&E for...

New CDC guidance paves way for visitors to slowly return to Kentucky’s long-term care facilities

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News After nearly a year of keeping visitors out of long-term-care facilities, Kentucky has allowed visitation at some, but has been waiting on federal guidance for nursing homes regulated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This week, that guidance finally dropped. CMS said it was relaxing its indoor visitation rules in response to “significant...

Fast virus spread raises fear U.S. has developed more contagious strain; White House says get tested

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News The novel coronavirus is spreading so fast among Americans that federal officials suspect a new, more contagious strain of the virus has evolved in the U.S., in addition to the more virulent strain that has already spread here from the United Kingdom. That possibility is mentioned in the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Kentucky version...

Health coverage open enrollment continues through Dec. 15; outreach, enrollment assistance is available

Open Enrollment for 2021 Marketplace health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov is continuing. The Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange (KHBE), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is working to ensure Kentuckians are prepared, informed and have the resources they need to choose a 2021 health plan. This year’s open enrollment continues through Dec. 15, 2020 for coverage that starts...

Committee hears complaints from foster parents about treatment by private agencies, social workers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Several foster parents appeared before the General Assembly’s Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee on Monday to complain about their treatment by both private agencies and social workers with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Among them was Kennedy Robertson of Campbellsville, who fostered four children and said she was even required to have her father...

COVID-19 Relief Funds awarded to service agencies for prevention of abuse, domestic violence

Three partner agencies of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) have been awarded $1.4 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist with services that support prevention of abuse and domestic violence. CHFS requested the advocacy organizations receive the funding, which is from Kentucky’s portion of federal CARES Act resources. Targeted programs serve survivors of sexual...

Five health insurance plans currently unavailable on federal marketplace; enrollment through Dec. 15

Through Dec. 15, 2020, Kentuckians in 120 counties may enroll in health insurance coverage that takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. Enrollment is open on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, with health coverage strongly encouraged as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Five health plans offered in 2021 for Kentuckians on the federal marketplace (www.healthcare.gov), offered by CareSource Kentucky Company,...

Governor’s Service Awards honors 20 individuals, organizations for philanthropic contributions

Governor Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander honor 10 individuals and 10 groups from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions at the 25th Annual Governor’s Service Awards. This year’s awards ceremony coincided with Make a Difference Day, which emphasizes community service and volunteerism.   “It is our honor to show...

Reconnected portal kynect to help Kentuckians prepare for state-based benefits exchange in 2022

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the state has reconnected Kynect in order to provide easier access to health coverage and other benefits. Beshear said the new kynect offers expanded benefits, enhanced usability, a new mobile-friendly format and helps to ready the commonwealth for the return of the state-based exchange, scheduled for enrollment in 2021 to begin the exchange in January 2022....

State launches ‘Volunteer Kentucky’ recruitment website to support nonprofit organizations

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Cabinet Secretary Eric Friedlander announced many nonprofits now have free access to the state’s new volunteer recruitment and management website, Volunteer Kentucky. The new website, through Serve Kentucky, a CHFS agency, aims to provide efficient volunteer recruitment and management system, facilitating Kentuckians’...

Latest White House COVID-19 report shows fewer Kentucky counties in danger zones this week

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky got a better report this week from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. It has two more counties are in the task force’s “red zone” — for places with more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people, and a positive rate of at least 10 percent in tests for the virus — but a lot fewer in its “yellow zone,” for those with 10 to 100...

New online system completes background checks faster for child care providers, schools

A new online system will help child care providers and schools process staff background checks faster, expediting the process while ensuring the safety of Kentucky’s children. The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has launched its Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN) Payment and Verification online portal, which allows users to request a check of the CAN Registry electronically instead...

Kentucky receives $7.4 million in AmeriCorps grants; funding to help meet critical state, local needs

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) acknowledged proof of commitment to Kentucky communities from AmeriCorps, a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, a CHFS agency. Twenty-two AmeriCorps-funded grants will provide more than $7.4 million in federal funding in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear said, “Through the support of AmeriCorps, Kentucky’s commitment to service...

Hundreds stand in line for hours this week to get resolutions to unemployment insurance claims

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians stood in line for hours on successive days this week trying to resolve unemployment insurance claims at the state Capitol. 
According to figures released earlier this week by Gov. Andy Beshear, more than 52,000 had their cases held up for one reason or another from March, April and May. Although more than 1,100 had their claims resolved on Tuesday...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky names Maysville native Allison Adams to senior policy post

Longtime Maysville area public health official Allison Adams will join the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky as vice president for public policy on June 15. Adams has directed the Buffalo Trace District Health Department since 2008 and presided over the Kentucky Health Directors Association for the past four years. She began her public health career in 2000 as a health educator at the district department,...

Lexington receives grant to help young people avoid homelessness as they leave foster care

The City of Lexington has received a $46,000 federal grant to help young people who are transitioning out of foster care avoid homelessness. “Often times we think of homelessness as being centered around adults and senior citizens, however, this grant allows us to bring to the forefront the issues centered around youth transitioning out of foster care who are at risk of homelessness,” said Austin...

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Holly and David Schulkers in suit against social workers

By Judy Clabes KyForward Correspondent A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling was cause for celebration at the Fort Thomas home of Holly and David Schulkers and five of their children, as the court ruled in their favor in a lawsuit against individual social workers for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The lawsuit involves the social workers’ mishandling of the drug test of a...

Gov. Beshear reports 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths; urges stay Healthy at Home

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He said the state had 54 new cases and confirmed three new deaths. Sign at Marianne Theater in Bellevue The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing...

U.S. Census forms coming to mailbox; fill it out — every person counts, our state needs accurate count

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the U.S. Census, which takes place every 10 years, with everyone getting a notification to participate coming in the mail over the next week or so. 
Beshear told reporters why it’s so important to get counted. 


“The U.S. government distributes more than $675 billion in federal funding, based on...

Commentary: Legislation shows Kentuckians path to long-term recovery for substance use disorders

By Ashli Watts and Jennifer Hancock Special to KyForward In communities across Kentucky, substance use disorders have taken a tremendous toll. Every day we are confronted with new data, reports and headlines that remind us of addiction’s staggering ripple effect.   But we cannot forget that behind the numbers, charts, graphs and television clips are real individuals who are suffering. They are our...