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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,...

WKU increases access with ‘Hilltopper Guarantee’ in fall of 2021 to help financially challenged students

Beginning in the fall semester of 2021, Western Kentucky University will be tuition free to any freshman from Kentucky who receives Pell Grant assistance and has at least a 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school grade-point average. “Hilltopper Guarantee: WKU’s Commitment to the Commonwealth” is the latest major step to increase access to a WKU education through affordability. “The WKU experience...

State officials warn Kentucky voters of bogus mailers and texts; election scams aimed at Kentuckians

Secretary of State Michael Adams and Attorney General Daniel Cameron are warning Kentuckians about two election scams. In one, Kentuckians are receiving letters from a group called the “Center for Voter Information,” pushing them to register to vote. However, the letters have been sent to people who are already registered to vote. The Center purports to have a Frankfort address on its mailers,...

Poetry Unites Kentucky contest deadline extended to Oct. 1; contest on favorite poem open to Kentuckians

Responding to several requests from the prospect contest’s participants, the Poetry Unites Kentucky contest’s deadline has been extended to Oct. 1. The Poetry Unites Kentucky contest for the best essay on a favorite poem is open to all Kentuckians and is inviting them to write about their favorite poem. Eight finalists will be chosen from submitted essays and from those four will be selected to...

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,...

Cameron announces $84M multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Company over safety issues

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced a more than $84 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc., over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States. The systems were designed and manufactured by Takata Corporation, a long-time...

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)...

Ben Brandstetter: Higher education shows commitment to power through COVID-19 pandemic

It would be an understatement to say that the last few months have been difficult. For me personally, it has been mentally exhausting to keep spirits up for my family and employees at our firm. However, these efforts have strengthened many of my personal relationships while also showing our company new ways that we can continue to serve our clients. Ever since becoming chair of the Council on Postsecondary...

Community Action Agencies across Kentucky accepting LIHEAP summer cooling applications

Community Action Agencies across the state are now accepting applications for the new Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Cooling Program. Designed to help offset the cost of higher electric bills due to rising temperatures, the program is the network’s latest resource to help families during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31 or...

Kentucky Attorney General defends ‘Casey’s Law’ in court as necessary tool for fighting drug epidemic

In furthering his commitment to fighting the drug epidemic, Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced his office is defending a Kentucky law used to combat drug addiction and help individuals suffering from substance use disorders receive treatment. The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention, commonly known as “Casey’s Law,” allows family members and friends to secure...

Ron Daley: New statue in Capitol is opportunity to explore Kentucky history — with plenty of candidates

The discussion around and the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol rotunda has been a teaching moment for Kentuckians, especially its youth. The consideration of a new statue is an opportunity for young and old alike to learn more about Kentucky and its greatest citizens. Gov. Andy Beshear, the Historic Properties Advisory Commission and other pertinent historic organizations should...

Ryan Quarles: COVID-19 pandemic makes clear the need for rural broadband internet connectivity

Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones. But for Kentucky families and workers, perhaps the largest problem is one we’ve attempted to solve for years: internet connectivity, particularly in our rural communities. I spoke with many...

Kentuckians encouraged to report suspected election law violations to Election Fraud Hotline

Attorney General Daniel Cameron is encouraging Kentuckians to report suspected election law violations during the 2020 primary election to the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE. “Fair elections are essential to the strength of our Democracy, and we stand ready to do our part to ensure the integrity of our election process by investigating and prosecuting criminal violations...

More than 100,000 Kentucky voters successfully apply online for absentee ballot as of Tuesday

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that, as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 100,000 registered Kentucky voters have taken advantage of govoteky.com to request their absentee ballots for the June 23 election. “Voting absentee is easy, secure, and wildly popular,” Adams said. “I’m grateful to the Kentuckians who understand that we have fewer voting locations available and fewer poll workers...

Gov. Andy Beshear: Kentuckians prove we are a great people — strong, resilient, kind, compassionate

It is hard to believe that Kentucky saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19 just over two and a half months ago. The virus began spreading quickly, escalating like past pandemics such as the Spanish flu. Areas like New York and Louisiana saw spikes that exceeded their health care capacity, and the losses mounted. Here in Kentucky, we took quick and decisive action, declaring a state of emergency after...

Health commissioner worried that too many Kentuckians think COVID-19 doesn’t pose danger

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Dr. Steven Stack, the state commissioner of public health, said in an interview recorded Friday and broadcast Monday night that he fears Kentuckians aren’t taking the coronavirus seriously enough. “I’m very worried that the public is becoming comfortable that this is not a danger,” and does not realize that only about 5 percent of Kentuckians...

Testing, contact tracing planned to thwart spread of virus as economy reopens in Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Kentucky begins to reopen its economy, increased testing and contact tracing are the primary lines of defense to suppress a resurgence of the coronavirus and its covid-19 disease. Gov. Andy Beshear says the state is more than able to do the recommended 2 percent of testing that is called for in White House guidance to reopen the economy, which amounts to almost...

Dr. Mark Evers: Kentuckians should make regular checkups, cancer screenings a priority

With COVID-19 dominating the headlines, it’s easy to forget – understandably – about many of the other actions we should be taking to keep ourselves healthy. You’ve heard a lot of guidelines about the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, washing your hands regularly, and much more – good advice that we should all continue to follow as we try to prevent the further spread of the...

Tom Haggard: As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, afterschool community is more essential than ever

When and how students learn has taken on new meaning since the pandemic hit. The shift to remote learning was so swift that many school districts are still working to address the needs of the students who don’t have access to the internet or the necessary tools to complete their schoolwork. In time, this will get fixed. But in the near term, the digital divide is real and putting our most vulnerable...

Kentucky Humanities awards $500K to 85 organizations through CARES Act grants

Kentucky Humanities has awarded $500,000 to 85 cultural organizations throughout the state through funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress. Kentucky Humanities CARES Act Grants provide unrestricted operating and/or humanities program support to humanities organizations throughout the Commonwealth...