Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:13 pm
Each year, the Food and Drug Administration approves dozens of drugs, but often those medicines don't make a huge difference to people with disease. That's because these "new" drugs are often very much like existing medicines — or are, in fact, existing medicines, approved for a slightly different purpose.
But every now and then the FDA approves a truly new drug. And that's the story of Pfizer's palbociclib, brand name Ibrance, which the agency approved for the treatment of a common form of advanced breast cancer.
Sunday at midnight is the deadline for Kentuckians to sign up through Kentucky’s health care exchange, in order to get coverage for 2015. The Governor’s office reports more than 150,000 people have signed up for health care coverage since the current enrollment period began November 15.
Those without a plan after February 15 could face a tax penalty when filing this year that could exceed the annual cost of insurance.
More than 521,000 Kentuckians signed up for coverage during kynect’s first enrollment period.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:51 am
The Obama administration said Monday that it wants to speed up changes to Medicare so that within four years half of its traditional spending will go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that coordinate patient care.
The shift is being made to stress quality and frugality over payment by the procedure, test and visit.
Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 1:10 pm
When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that's so new, some women and doctors don't quite realize what they've signed up for.
Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 5:53 am
With another impending deadline for coverage, enrollment in Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is steadily growing, says Nicole Comeaux, deputy executive director for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange.
So far, 12,500 individuals have enrolled in qualified health plans and 25,700 individuals have newly enrolled in Medicaid coverage, Comeaux said during a wide-ranging conference call Wednesday with health care exchange directors from other states.
Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 3:55 pm
The Kentucky General Assembly has wrapped up the first week of the 2015 session, leaving committees with numerous bills to review.
Chairs for the health and welfare committees in both chambers have set their priorities for the remainder of the 30-day session.
Sen. Julie Raque-Adams, a Louisville Republican, said the committee she chairs will take a critical look at the Medicaid expansion, plus efforts to promote healthy living and protect vulnerable populations.
Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 3:57 pm
Kentucky health officials say there have been at least 26 flu-related deaths in the state during the current influenza season.
State epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh said on Thursday that the fatality rate is rising as the flu becomes more widespread.
“Two of them are pediatric deaths—that’s children under 18 years—five are people that are age 18-64 years and then the rest are age 65 and older,” Humbaugh said. “And of those, actually, eight are over 90 years of age that have been recorded.”
Humbaugh said during the previous flu season, there were about 50 deaths.