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8:31 am
Tue July 24, 2012

New Rules Require Kentucky Doctors to Do More to Combat Pill Abuse

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed emergency regulations that require doctors to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse. The rules, which were given to given to state boards that oversee the medical industry on Friday, were presented to lawmakers this week and will remain in effect until permanent regulations are adopted.

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Health
12:19 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kentucky Taking Steps to Make Health Insurance Exchange Happen

Kentucky’s soon-to-be-established health insurance exchange will be web-based and offer a mix of public and private insurance options. The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up marketplaces in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans.

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Health
8:10 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Frist Calls for Implementation of State Health Insurance Exchanges

Former Senate Majority Leader and heart surgeon Bill Frist is calling on states to get going on their health insurance exchanges. The exchanges are part of the Affordable Care Act and some Republican governors who oppose the law are refusing to set them up.

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Health
12:52 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Kentucky Now Has State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

Governor Steve Beshear has followed through on his promise to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in Kentucky. The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up marketplaces in which residents can buy private insurance or sign up for Medicaid.

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9:53 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Tennessee Women Suffering from Increased Lung Cancer Death Rates

A new study shows an increase in lung cancer deaths among Tennessee women who began smoking in the 1960s and 70s. Researchers point out women smokers became much more socially acceptable during that era.

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Health
8:01 am
Tue July 17, 2012

New Independent Panel in Kentucky Will Review Cases of Child Deaths and Injuries

Gov. Steve Beshear is creating an independent panel to review deaths and serious injuries in case of child abuse and neglect. Beshear issued an executive order on Monday establishing the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel.

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Health
8:16 am
Mon July 16, 2012

New Report Says Inspections Were Lax at Eastern Kentucky Mine

A published report says state investigators found few problems at a Harlan County mine where federal investigators found enough violations during a surprise safety blitz in May to shut the mine down for nine days.

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Health
11:04 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Kentucky Ranked at Bottom of Report on Nursing Home Costs

A new report has advocates for the nursing home industry in Kentucky saying “I told you so.” The report by Aon Global Risk Consulting ranks Kentucky as the worst state for expenses per bed and for the amount of litigation against nursing homes.

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Health
8:09 am
Sun July 15, 2012

School Nutrition Programs Receive Six Million Dollar Grant

Nutrition Education
USDA

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says a grant from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service will be used to fund a nutrition education program for students in the state. The SNAP-Ed nutrition program is designed to encourage healthy eating habits and to prevent or postpone the on-set of diet-related chronic diseases.

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Health
6:42 am
Thu July 12, 2012

New Study to be Conducted on Private Water Wells

With the help of an EPA grant, the Kentucky Division of Water plans to study about two hundred private water wells in the Commonwealth.  The study will focus on how domestic water wells are impacted by events of nature and by human-influenced pollution.

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