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9:24 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Indiana Cantaloupe Farm

The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produces cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of 178 people infected in 21 states, two have died and 62 have been hospitalized.

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8:22 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Bowling Green Doctor Shut Down over Pill Dispensing

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Webmd.com

A Tennessee-licensed physician working in Kentucky has been ordered to close his practice because the state Board of Medical Licensure found he was dispensing "large quantities of narcotics" to customers from all around the state.

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Health
2:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Kentucky's U.S. Senators Renew Calls to Repeal President's Health Plan

Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators say they both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but wouldn’t elaborate on reforms to replace the measure. The senators headlined a Tea Party rally held today in Frankfort.

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Health
1:25 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Research in Kentucky to Explore Impact of Military Suicides

With the rate of suicides among military personnel continuing to rise, a University of Kentucky professor is leading a study to investigate the effect those deaths have on family and friends left behind. Based on previous research, it’s estimated that around 40% of Kentuckians know someone who has taken their own life.

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Health
9:07 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Conway Says He Can Accept Some Changes to Kentucky Prescription Pill Bill

A leading advocate of Kentucky's new prescription pill law says he's ready to listen to doctors who want to change it. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has made fighting prescription pill abuse one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he was a leading supporter of House Bill 1, which requires most doctors to use the KASPER pill tracking system.

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Health
1:20 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Medicaid Open Enrollment Underway in Most of Kentucky

Kentuckians on Medicaid now have the opportunity to change healthcare providers for the first time in months. Open enrollment for all of the state except Louisville started Monday. It's the first time since Medicaid was privatized that residents can choose a new private operator to handle their care.

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Health
12:29 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Proposed Kentucky Legislation Would Allow Religious "Medishare" Program

A Tea Party activist is hoping to end a decade-long battle between the Kentucky Department of Insurance and a Christian health sharing organization. Christian Care Medishare pools money from members in various states to pay medical bills for members in need.

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Health /Salmonella
11:16 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes

Cantaloupe
North Carolina Cantaloupe Growers

The Department for Public Health says cantaloupes tested in the state public health laboratory  in Kentucky carry the same strain of salmonella associated with a statewide outbreak that health officials say is continuing.  At least fifty people have been sickened by the salmonella, and health officials say it has been associated with two deaths.

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Health
11:52 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Still Searching for Answers about New Insurance Exchange

Kentucky lawmakers are frustrated by the lack of information on the state’s incoming health insurance exchange. The exchange is required under the healthcare law, and will allow Kentuckians to compare and purchase insurance plans.

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8:27 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Owensboro Hosting Final Public Forum on New Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange

The next public forum over Kentucky’s upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Friday in Owensboro. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplaces in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.

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