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State program allows Kentuckians to seek outside review if insurer denies treatment, medicine

Kentuckians who disagree with decisions made by their health insurance carrier about the necessity of services, treatments or medication can seek to have an outside expert review that decision, and possibly have it overturned, through a program at the Department of Insurance. Since 2000, Kentucky law gives individuals who are covered by fully insured health benefit plans the right to have an independent,...

Kentucky Supreme Court hears suit brought by three businesses related to Beshear’s executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Andy Beshear exceeded his Constitutional authority on executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. 
A lawsuit was filed in June by three Northern Kentucky businesses: Florence Speedway, Bean’s Café and Bakery, and Little Links to Learning, a daycare center. The suit was not filed due to...

Additional federal unemployment assistance begins for Kentuckians through Lost Wages Program

On Aug. 21, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the state’s application for FEMA’s Lost Wages Program, federal money to aid unemployed Kentuckians, had been approved. The programmers have completed the final modifications to the unemployment insurance systems so the payment process for the Lost Wages Program (LWP) has begun. Self-certification has already been provided by most claimants and claimants...

Beshear welcomes latest donation of PPE to aid Kentucky’s response to ongoing COVID-19 battle

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday welcomed one of the state’s latest corporate donations of personal protective equipment, which will help bolster the commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus 2019. “Even before this global health crisis arrived in Kentucky more than six months ago, we were working to secure the personal protective equipment needed to keep our people safe,” Beshear said. “The...

Governor Andy Beshear pauses to mark anniversary of 9/11 with Facebook, Youtube video messages

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear delivered remarks during a Facebook and YouTube video post on Friday to mark the 19th anniversary of 9/11, the terrorist attack that left 2,977 people dead in New York, Washington, DC and rural Pennsylvania. He noted that like many on that day, he woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Charlottesville, Virginia, during his second year of law school at the...

Kentucky awarded nearly $1 million to teach young parenting responsibilities, finance skills

Eight states, including Kentucky, have been tapped by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop nine programs that educate teens and young adults who do not yet have children about the financial, legal and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. The agencies will collaborate with...

Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website launched; tenants, landlords can seek assistance

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, teamkyhherf.ky.gov, where Kentuckians now can visit and apply for assistance. “As we continue to wage this battle against COVID-19, we must make sure renters have a home so they can be Healthy at Home, while also safeguarding landlords against undue financial hardship,” Beshear said. “When we come...

Kentucky Democracy Project launches statewide voter registration and mobilization initiative

An estimated 170,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past got back their right to vote through Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive action last December. The problem is, no one has told them they can register and vote. The Kentucky Democracy Project is a new effort to register, educate and mobilize tens of thousands of Kentucky voters, particularly people with felonies in their past, and get people out...

Beshear says new record set for the week in number of total COVID cases; stay away from crowds

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 313 new COVID cases, a dip because of the weekend reporting, and three deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 52,774 cases and 996 deaths. The new cases included 43 in children under 18, with two of those being 5 and under. The youngest was just 27 days old. Fayette County reported 25 new cases. The deaths reported Sunday included a 75-year-old woman from...

Beshear awards four grants of $2.3 million to improve infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky counties

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2,356,381 in grant funding for four infrastructure projects that will improve utility services in Eastern Kentucky communities. The grant funding is through the Department for Local Government (DLG). Those receiving funds, from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Regional Development Agency Assistance Program (RDAAP), are Floyd County, Harlan County, Johnson...

Wilde Brands plans keto-friendly snack chips plant in Clark Co.; $9 million facility to bring 50 full-time jobs

Gov. Andy Beshear and executives from Wilde Brands Inc., a producer of high-protein, keto-diet-friendly snack chips made from all-natural chicken breast, today announced plans for a $9.78 million, 50-job production and distribution facility in Clark County. To create a healthier alternative to potato chips, Wilde Brands developed a proprietary production process using custom-engineered manufacturing...

Beshear announces nearly $3 million in grants to create economic opportunities in Eastern Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2,998,892 in grant funding for four projects in Eastern Kentucky for utility improvements, economic development and tourism advancements that will create economic opportunities in the region. The grant funding is through the Department for Local Government (DLG). Those receiving funds, from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Tennessee Valley Authority’s...

Beshear delivers ‘tough report all around’ — 816 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths; talks state parks, voting

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 816 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 49,991 cases and 966 deaths. The case count includes 116 children 18 and under. The youngest was 2 months old. There were 59 cases in Fayette County. “Today we have a tough report all the way around,” the Governor said. “Thirty-six deaths in the last three days. That’s what happens...

Kentucky Department of Tourism launches ‘Stay Close. Go Far.’ campaign to promote in-state travel

The Kentucky Department of Tourism (KDT) has launched its “Stay Close. Go Far.” campaign. The marketing initiative is aimed at supporting local tourism partners, communities and businesses by producing inspiring content that reminds Kentuckians they do not have to travel far to experience all the beauty, history and adventures the state has to offer. “As we continue to remain diligent...

Beshear reports on ‘single largest week ever’ for COVID — with ‘trifecta of holidays’ coming up

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 462 new COVID cases and nine deaths, but advised that there is limited reporting on Sunday so all information was not available. Among the reported cases were 79 children 18 and under, which includes 13 children five and under. The youngest is two months old. There were 77 cases reported in Fayette County. The numbers bring Kentucky’s totals to 48,032 cases...

Marshall County High School awarded more than $400,000 to support survivors’ education and healing

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet announced a $408,599 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) grant to assist survivors of the 2018 mass shooting at Marshall County High School. The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime, a division of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), provided the award. The funding will expand academic accommodations...

Commentary: Bipartisan election agreement puts Kentuckians’ health first for this November

By Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams In the midst of a global health pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), as a Democratic Governor and a Republican Secretary of State we have proven that we can put partisanship aside to make our elections safer for our people. We know that working across the aisle to reach a bipartisan agreement, regardless of where you live from Washington,...

HVAC Distributing to create 175 jobs with second location planned for Hickory in Graves County

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday announced HVAC Distributing LLC plans to create 175 full-time jobs in Graves County as it purchases a speculative building for a second location in the Hickory Industrial Park. “While navigating the pandemic’s challenges, we continue working to help companies create jobs for the future of Kentucky and our residents,” Gov. Beshear said. “Growth of companies like...

CDC publishes article on Kentucky monitoring system to guide decisions in reopening and response

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As health departments across the nation help states safely reopen their economies and schools, the monitoring system Kentucky officials use to guide their decisions has been lauded in a recent federal report as an example for other states to follow. The report, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly...

Kentucky’s drinking water demonstrates excellence in quality, reliability, annual report shows

Kentucky’s 2019 Drinking Water Compliance Report shows that the Commonwealth’s 434 public water systems consistently produce excellent quality water, and have a high rate of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements. “This report shows that more and more of our people are getting exactly what they deserve: strong infrastructure and convenient, clean drinking water,” said...