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KHIP: Fewer Kentucky adults delaying dental health care as access improves around state

Oral health is a key component of overall health. Data released Thursday from the 2018 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) show noticeable improvements in oral health care in the Commonwealth—more adults have dental insurance, most have visited a dentist in the past year, and fewer Kentucky adults are delaying dental care due to cost. However, disparities exist for Kentuckians with lower incomes. KHIP...

KHIP: Fewer Kentucky adults delayed health care due to cost after implementation of Affordable Care Act

Decisions about seeking health care are often influenced by costs. The individual needing care may be faced with a co-pay for an office visit, may have yet to meet his/her deductible, or may lack health insurance entirely. However, delaying medical care can negatively impact health outcomes. Thus, the 2018 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) asked Kentucky adults whether they or someone in their household...

KHIP: Majority Kentucky adults remain in favor of both smoke-free and tobacco 21 laws

A majority of Kentucky adults continue to favor both adopting a statewide smoke-free law and changing current law to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 years, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report. Majority support for the laws is found across all political parties and has held steady in recent years, the report found. (Click for larger image) KHIP is...

KHIP: 39 percent of Kentucky smokers cut back after cigarette tax increase took effect in July

Half of Kentucky’s adult smokers say they smoked fewer cigarettes, or that they considered or tried to quit smoking, following the cigarette excise tax increase that went into effect July 1, 2018. “The cigarette tax increase is changing thinking and behavior about smoking in Kentucky,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which released a...