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Ashley Spalding: To improve health through work, Kentucky needs to commit to better job quality

With the state’s new barriers to Medicaid coverage soon to be erected under the guise of encouraging work, we’ve heard a lot in Kentucky recently about the health benefits of working. Besides the fact that revoking coverage for low-income Kentuckians who fail to meet a work requirement has been shown as ineffective in promoting employment, these barriers do nothing to improve the low quality of...

Smoking largely responsible for shorter life spans, higher infant death rates in Appalachia

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News People who live in Appalachia are dying sooner than two decades ago, and the region has a higher infant death rate compared to the rest of the nation. A new study blames both largely on the region’s high smoking rate, as well as its other bad health habits. “What this report shows is the extreme damage that tobacco is causing our people, and how we are...

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...

Rural Blog: Study says a state’s failure to expand Medicaid hurts rural hospitals more than urban

If your state didn’t expand Medicaid under federal health reform, that is likely hurting your rural hospitals more than it hurts urban hospitals, says a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina, published in the journal Health Affairs. Researchers “found that rural hospitals saw an improved chance of turning a profit if they were in a state that expanded Medicaid—while...