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New CPE data assesses college outcomes by county; metrics include breakouts by student populations

The newest addition to the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Data Center is an interactive tool that evaluates the success of college and university students by county of origin. Kentucky leaders and policy makers can use this information to assess education attainment levels, along with state and county progress on key postsecondary education metrics, including enrollment, degrees and graduation...

New report shows private equity creating jobs and driving economic growth across Kentucky

New research from EY and the American Investment Council reveals that across Kentucky, the private equity industry employs more than 102,000 workers—who, on average, earn $69,000 a year in wages and benefits. Beyond these direct jobs, the industry supports more than 327,000 jobs and generates $700 million in state and local taxes, a tremendous benefit to communities in every corner of the Commonwealth. “This...

New high-tech workforce training center in Barbourville receives $6 million in grant funding

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers joined Senate President Robert Stivers on Saturday to announce grant funding for a new high-tech workforce training center in Barbourville. The project received combined state and federal funding for the KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc. to construct and develop the facility. “I am excited today to join Congressman Rogers and President Stivers in...

Louisville’s SentryHealth recognized with two awards for efforts to improve healthcare, lower costs

Louisville-based SentryHealth recently won two awards for efforts to improve healthcare and lower costs in the healthcare industry. The Awards were the 2019 Inc.credible Health & Wellness Award presented by Greater Louisville Inc., and the Worksite Wellness Gold Award, which honors companies that provide health and wellness programs for their employees, presented by the Worksite Wellness Council...

KET, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet unveil new resource to aid state’s demand for skilled workers

Kentucky’s workforce is ever changing. By the year 2020, it is projected that 63 percent of Kentucky jobs will require some postsecondary education or advanced training to meet workforce demands. Currently, Kentucky is facing a shortage of highly skilled workers to fill the approximately 115,000 open jobs available in the Commonwealth. To help address Kentucky’s workforce demands, KET and the Kentucky...

Behind the scenes, health insurers use cash and gifts to sway which benefits employers choose

(Photo by Justin Volz, Special to ProPublica) The insurance industry gives lucrative commissions and bonuses — from six-figure payouts to a chance to bat against Mariano Rivera — to the independent brokers who advise employers. Critics call the payments a “classic conflict of interest” that drive up costs. By Marshall Allen This story was co-published by ProPublica and NPR’s Shots blog The...

AmerisourceBergen announces plans for $15 million expansion of Louisville distribution center

AmerisourceBergen, a global healthcare company, will expand its full-line Louisville distribution center with a $15 million investment expected to generate 134 full-time jobs. The investment will enhance the facility’s infrastructure, workflow, mechanicals and technology systems. The project will create a high-tech distribution center, which will package, process and ship pharmaceuticals to healthcare...

Letter to the editor: Ky. organizations stand against Trump administration attacks on immigrant families

A radical and punishing rule change proposed by the President’s administration would harm immigrant families in Kentucky and across the country. By keeping families from meeting their basic needs, jeopardizing immigration status and taking resources out of Kentucky communities, the proposal is an affront to our commonwealth. The “public charge” rule change would count legal participation in programs...

Dr. Hugh and Debby Wilhite establish scholarship at WKU to benefit students in healthcare disciplines

Dr. Hugh H. and Debby G. Wilhite of Calhoun, Ky., have made a gift of $225,000 to establish a scholarship at Western Kentucky University to benefit students in healthcare-related disciplines.   Dr. Wilhite came to WKU in the fall of 1958. Because he took 18 hours of classes each semester in the pre-med program and played on the Men’s Basketball team for Coach E. A. Diddle, he said he could most...

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...