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Kentucky receives two federal grants totaling $1.95M to assist veterans, transitioning service members

As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members. Kentucky is one of 11 member states in the Occupational Licensing Policy...

Almost three quarters of Kentuckians report healthcare affordability problems in new survey

Mirroring national trends, 72% of Kentucky adults report one or more healthcare affordability problems according to data briefs released today based on the Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey (CHESS). Reported problems range from not being able to afford health insurance and delaying or foregoing healthcare (55%) to struggling to pay their medical bills (57%). One-quarter of all adults in...

Constance Alexander: Healthcare costs, lack of compassion in Washington darken last days of 2017

My first interview with Theresa was published December 21, 2000. That story recounted her history: Thirteen years after she successfully battled breast cancer, she was diagnosed with ovarian. Since her bout with breast cancer earned her the dubious distinction of having a “pre-existing condition,” she simply could not afford health insurance. Ovarian cancer demanded a grueling – and costly —...

Jessica Estes: Hornback bill is a common sense solution to Kentucky’s growing healthcare crisis

The healthcare crisis in Kentucky, with a reduced number of healthcare providers, has resulted in communities where proper care is scarce. Without desperately needed healthcare resources, a community crisis becomes a very personal one – forcing people to make difficult, even impossible decisions, with few choices and options available to them. But in many communities across Kentucky, APRNs (Advanced...

Commentary: Protecting Ky’s Children’s Health Insurance Program necessary to ensure our future

As proud members of Kentucky’s business community, ensuring the future strength of our state’s economy and workforce is extremely important to us. Just about the only thing more important is ensuring the future of Kentucky’s children. Thankfully, there’s a great way to achieve both goals simultaneously: Protecting KCHIP, the children’s health insurance program here in Kentucky, which covered...

Blue Angels group ‘builds faith’ in health care, creates long-distance bond for doctors, moms

By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward   Two-week old Bransen Roberts sleeps peacefully despite the bustle of the Pediatric Clinic at UK Healthcare. When his mother Becky Triplett removes him from his car seat to be weighed and measured, he grimaces slightly and stuffs his fist into his mouth, annoyed at the interruption, but otherwise submits quietly to the gentle poking and...