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Data briefs reveal 77 percent of Kentuckians currently worried about healthcare affordability

Three out of four Kentuckians (77 percent) are worried about affording healthcare, according to data briefs released by the Healthcare Value Hub in collaboration with the ThriveKY campaign. The findings come from a new Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey (CHESS) of 1,140 Kentucky adults, conducted between May 8-May 26, 2020. Reported problems range from delaying going to the doctor (30 percent)...

Emily Beauregard: Medicaid is essential for many Kentucky families in midst of economic downturn

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and key provisions of the CARES Act expiring at the end of July, the prospect of losing unemployment benefits, facing eviction, being unable to put food on the table, and having to return to school or work in an unsafe environment is looming for many Kentuckians. Any progress Kentucky has made in keeping our residents safe and healthy could be undone without the sustained...

Emily Beauregard: More Kentucky young children lack health insurance, but things could be changing

If you’ve ever had young children, you know how often they need to see a doctor. With well-baby appointments, routine immunizations for toddlers, and screenings for development milestones with preschoolers, pediatricians recommend that children have 15 check-ups by the time they’re 6 years old. That’s why it’s so alarming that the number of children under age 6 without health coverage is growing....

Emily Beauregard: A complete and accurate census count is good for Kentucky’s health

Every ten years, the Census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age, race, geographic location, or citizenship status. Data from the Census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed throughout the country. Census data also help state and local officials, community leaders, and nonprofits identify needs for healthcare, education, housing,...

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...