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A quarter of Ky’s community health center visits are via telehealth; bill would codify temporary rules

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to codify telehealth provisions that were put into place during the pandemic to temporarily relax some of the regulations has passed out of committee and awaits a hearing in the full House. Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, who is the co-sponsor of House Bill 140, told Kentucky Health News that it is very important for this telehealth bill to pass. “I...

Community Health Centers achieve HRSA quality measures, receive $2.2 million in additional funds

Kentucky’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), or Community Health Centers as they are commonly called, are getting an additional $2.2 million in federal funding this year. The extra funds are incentives for reaching performance and quality measures set by the federal government for FQHC facilities. “This designation underscores the quality and value that these essential facilities provide...

As healthcare costs rise, more Kentuckians relying on community health centers for medical care

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service One community health center in eastern Kentucky is reflecting on its 14 years serving rural residents, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. Karen Ditsch runs Juniper Health, a community health center in Lee County, one of 24 federally funded health centers in the state. She says before her clinic in Beattyville opened, residents had to travel...

Bevin to convene Kentucky General Assembly into special session beginning this Friday

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that he will convene the Kentucky General Assembly into special session beginning this Friday (July 19) at 8 a.m. Gov. Matt Bevin Since the conclusion of the 2019 Regular Session, Bevin and his team have worked closely with state legislators preparing for a special session to save Kentucky’s quasi-agencies, including regional universities, health departments, domestic...

CHFS, KDE partnership to expand school-based healthcare services for children in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services. The proposed amendment allows...

Ky. community health center officials, advocates call on members of congress for long-term funding

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Community health center doctors, nurses and advocates are meeting with members of Congress in Washington this week, asking them to commit to supporting health-care access in low-income neighborhoods with long-term federal grant funding. Community health centers are nonprofit clinics offering sliding-scale fees to underserved populations. In many cities and rural...