The Kentucky Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection has some advice about how to avoid online scams related to the new federal health care law.
"Do not ever enter your personal information--if you're trying to sign up for a health care exchange--into any website that has the .com or .net address," said Allison Martin, the communications director for the Kentucky Attorney General's Office. "The only legitimate health care exchanges will be located with a .gov address."
Martin says scammers try to take advantage whenever a major federal or state law is changed. She says fraudulent web sites have been created to sell fake discount medical plans to unsuspecting consumers.
"The Attorney General sent cease and desist letters to the operators of two websites, and also sent civil subpoenas requesting information about these websites that mimicked the national health care exchange website."
The only website Kentuckians should use to sign up for the statewide health exchange is: kynect.ky.gov.
It's not unusual for a college student to travel overseas as part of a study abroad program or research effort. What is unusual, however, is meeting the grandmother of the sitting U.S. president.
That's exactly what happened to Amy Correll, a Somerset native and WKU student who recently traveled to Kenya to conduct research for her honor's thesis on geriatric health studies.
Amy spoke to WKU Public Radio Thursday about her research and how she came to meet Sarah Obama. Here are some excerpts from our interview:
Tell us about what you were researching while in Kenya.
"We recognized a lot of needs, even in the hospital setting. And I was curious to know how elders there were functioning outside of that. I visited some very rural areas, did home visits, and did a survey through a translator with residents ages 60 and above."
A new study has found that deaths in Indiana from drug misuse have quadrupled since 1999 for a jump bigger than all but three states.
The study by the Trust for America's Health found Indiana had the country's 17th highest rate of drug overdose deaths. The Indianapolis Star reports most of those deaths are from painkillers and other prescription drugs.
The study says Indiana's overdose death rate rose to 14.4 per 100,000 people in 2010 — from 3.2 in 1999. West Virginia had the nation's highest rate at 28.9.
State officials have started a campaign to increase awareness about the problem and ways for people to protect their painkillers.
Prescription drugs were blamed for 718 overdose deaths in Indiana in 2011, a nearly 10 percent increase from 2010.
A state official is condemning some national media reports that say Kentucky's health exchange is enrolling dead people.
An instruction on the Kynect website says "If you are filling out this application on behalf of a person who has recently passed away, enter the deceased person's date of death." This part of the application is actually for those who would have been eligible for Medicaid before death. Medicaid will pay three months of medical expenses prior to someone's death. Gwenda Bond in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says this is not some provision of Obamacare.
"This is something that Medicaid has always allowed, it's part of the federal Medicaid program," explains Bond. "Every state, as far as I know, that participates in the Medicaid program follows this exact same guideline. The requirement itself is the same everywhere."
Bond says it also allows the state to prevent fraud. If a person came in at a later time and tried to get benefits with someone else's identity, the system would immediately catch it by having a date of death.