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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....

Low-income adults in Medicaid expansion in Kentucky, Arkansas report better health, care

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Two states that expanded Medicaid through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act showed a 41 percent increase in the number of enrollees with a regular health-care provider and a 23 percent increase in the share who report excellent health, according to a three-year study of Kentucky and Arkansas. The study also found that low-income adults with chronic...

Kentucky still in bottom of national health ranking but is among states that saw the greatest improvements

By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward Kentucky remains in the bottom fourth of a states’ health ranking released Dec. 8, but it was one of the states that saw the greatest improvements of individual health indicators in the first year of full federal health reform. The Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance looks at five areas: medical-care access and affordability,...