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New ad blames health care reform for hospital woes; hospitals say it’s only partly to blame

  By Al Cross Special to KyForward   A new ad in the race for governor says “There’s a crisis in our hospitals” in Kentucky, and blames it entirely on the federal health care reform law. That is not true, according to the hospitals themselves.   The TV commercial is from Americans for Prosperity, a group supported by the Koch brothers, Wichita-based industrialists who...

Gallup: Kentucky a national leader among states with sharpest reductions of uninsured

  (Click for larger view)   A new study from Gallup shows that Kentucky and Arkansas continue to have the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rates since the health care law took effect at the beginning of 2014. Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington join them as states that have at least a 10-percentage-point reduction in uninsured rates.   Seven of the 10 states with the greatest reductions...

Women leading Kentucky health: Haynes’ aim is to get reform ‘baked in’ before end of term

This is the last in a series if stories about four high-ranking female state officials who have guided the state’s embrace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   How does a person create lasting change in an ever-changing political environment? “Bake it in,” says Audrey Tayse Haynes.   As secretary for the Cabinet for...