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Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan expands COVID-19 coverage; more than 260,000 members in state

The Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) has expanded COVID-19 related health care coverage for more than 260,000 members throughout the state. The KEHP will cover 100 percent of inpatient and outpatient services related to COVID-19 treatment for in and out-of-network providers. Members will have zero cost share when these services are billed with a COVID-19 diagnosis. This additional coverage...

Chief Justice Minton creates three task forces to plan how courts will reopen across the state

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has created three task forces to plan how courts across the state will resume limited in-person services. “As Kentucky begins to gradually reopen business, the courts must prepare to do the same,” Minton said in an email to the justices, judges, circuit court clerks and court personnel who serve the Judicial Branch. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. “Although...

Kentucky police chiefs applaud Beshear’s executive order on rehiring retired law enforcement

Retired law enforcement officers are permitted to be rehired and help communities deal with COVID-19 without risking the loss of curtailing retirement benefits under an executive order signed by Gov. Andy Beshear. The order, signed March 31, applies to retired police chiefs and other first responders including police officers, firefighters and other emergency medical service personnel. Kentucky law...

Governor had right to delay election during state of emergency, attorney general’s opinion says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Attorney General’s office released an opinion on Monday upholding Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to delay an election during a declared state of emergency. Jason Snead, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Honest Lections Project, sought the opinion, asking, “Whether, during a declared state of emergency, the Governor may suspend Kentucky’s laws...

First case of 2019 novel coronavirus in Kentucky reported, Gov. Beshear declares state of emergency

KyForward staff The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is reporting Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). While the risk to the general public is low, health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the person. Gov....

Governor declares state of emergency in eight Eastern Kentucky counties in response to flooding

Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency in response to flooding in several southeastern counties. “By declaring a state of emergency, I am enabling the mobilization of state resources to be utilized in support of cities and counties in need,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We are acting swiftly to ensure the safety and security of Kentucky families and communities that have been impacted.” The...

Governor activates Kentucky National Guard to aid victims of flooding from heavy rains across the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops have been activated in response to continued flooding conditions resulting from heavy rain throughout Kentucky. Since Feb. 6, the state has experienced prolonged episodes of storms which have produced heavy rain, strong and gusting wind, flooding and flash flooding, landslides and mudslides across the state, according to Kentucky Emergency...

Bevin declares state of emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall across Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall which has caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage across the Commonwealth. The Governor’s executive order enables the mobilization of state resources to be to be utilized in support of cities and counties as needed. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State...

Federal resources available after Bevin declares state of emergency in response to recent severe storms

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency, in response to the severe storms that battered Kentucky earlier this week. A powerful weather system with torrential rain, hail, flash flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes tracked across the Commonwealth on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and Wednesday (March 1), resulting in injuries and significant property and infrastructure damage. “Communities throughout...

Numerous wildland fires throughout the state lead Bevin to declare immediate emergency

In response to numerous wildland fires burning throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Matt Bevin Thursday declared a statewide emergency, effective Nov. 3, 2016 to provide local and state officials immediate access to state. Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in support of the Kentucky Division of Forestry to provide situational awareness...

States of Emergency issued in some states
as dangerous ice storm unfolds over South

  By Brian Lada AccuWeather.com   With a major winter storm unfolding over the South, snow and ice will severely impact travelers and residents from Texas to the Carolinas through midweek.   Snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain began across the region on Monday night and is forecast to continue through much of Tuesday. During this day, the wintry precipitation will focus on an area stretching...