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Commonwealth Fund’s state scorecard finds deaths from suicide, alcohol, drugs, are regional epidemic

KyForward staff Deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs have reached an all-time high, but affect states in different ways, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s just released 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. “What we’re seeing is a regional epidemic when it comes to premature deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, Commonwealth Fund President....

Latest Commonwealth Fund health scorecard finds KY in bottom fifth of states again, but improving

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s ranking among the states rose from 46th to 42nd in the latest Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, partly because it had fewer adults who lack health insurance or went without health care because of cost. The scorecard evaluates states on more than 40 indicators in five areas: care access and affordability; prevention...

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...

Employer-based health insurance costs grew more slowly following reform, but workers haven’t noticed

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The growth in premiums and deductibles for employer-based health insurance has slowed since federal health reform was enacted, but workers probably haven’t noticed because incomes haven’t kept up with the cost of health care, a new study says. Kentucky families covered through employers spent, on average, 10.4 percent of their incomes on health insurance...