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Pair of legislative panels hear sobering accounts of impact of opioid crisis in Kentucky

At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients. That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators Wednesday in the Capitol Annex. He was among more than 25 people from across the country who testified...

Federal judge delays ruling in legal challenge to Kentucky’s new abortion education law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge didn’t immediately rule Thursday after hearing arguments in a suit challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky’s new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and to hear a description of the images. U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant a request from the American Civil Liberties Union...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky voices concerns about new Medicaid plan to legislative panel

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News At a legislative committee meeting this week, health advocates urged the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin to make sure the final plan is evidence-based and that they fully understand the people it will affect. Administration officials said changes are needed because the 2014 expansion of the program isn’t sustainable. “We are asking, as in any well-designed...

Commentary: Kentucky HEALTH plan is both compassionate and common sense approach

By Addia Wuchner Special to KyForward As a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, a R.N., and a retired health care administrator, I wanted to carefully review the Kentucky HEALTH proposal, the Medicaid waiver, and fully understand the elements of the plan: the cost analysis, projection, and health benefits before commenting.  In a state of just 4.3 million citizens, we should all find...

Abuse-deterrent opioid drug bill moves to Senate; EMS death benefits law moves to governor

Kentucky health insurers would be required to have abuse-deterrent opioid painkillers in their formulary under a bill that passed the state House Friday. House Bill 330, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, is designed to encourage the prescribing and use of “abuse-deterrent” opioid analgesic drugs which Wuchner said cannot be crushed, snorted or injected...

Commentary: Insurers must cover tools to address Kentucky’s growing prescription drug problem

By Rep. Addia Wuchner Special to KyForward Most Kentuckians don’t have to look far to find someone who has been impacted by the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. It has taken a devastating toll on our communities and families while overwhelming our health care and legal systems This presents a complex challenge for Kentucky caregivers, law enforcement, lawmakers and community leaders...

Capitol Notes: Anti-heroin provisions pass; lawmakers crack down on gambling halls

Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, follows proceedings in the Kentucky House of Representatives. (Photo from LRC Public Information)   Sweeping changes to the treatment and prosecution of those involved in Kentucky’s heroin trade were unanimously approved by the House last night and returned to the Senate for consideration.   The Senate, which passed its own anti-heroin measure in January,...

Lawmakers say dispute over CVG airport board might require state legislative solution

Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, poses a question during the October meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation in which it was suggested the CVG Airport Board governance dispute may require a legislative solution. (Photo from Ky. Legislature)   A decades-old dispute over governance of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati airport known as CVG landed in Frankfort this week when state...

Capitol Notes: Pipeline bill would exclude natural gas liquids from eminent domain

Pipeline legislation clears House Judiciary: Private property could not be taken by eminent domain for the transport of natural gas liquids under a bill approved today by the House Judiciary Committee.   The committee substitute to House Bill 31 approved by the committee would prohibit the taking of private land by eminent domain for the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline, such as...