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5:45 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Families Urged to Keep Vaccinations Current

U.S. National Library of Medicine

State Health Officials in the Commonwealth are calling on parents to take steps to be certain their children have been immunized for a variety of diseases. This is National Immunization Awareness Month, and State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says its important not to become complacent about the issue.

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9:30 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Forum in Pulaski County Offers Chance to Learn about Kentucky's Insurance Exchange

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

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7:58 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Kentucky and Tennessee Nurses Groups Warn Too Many Teens Lack Vaccination

Students will soon be returning to the classroom, and a nurses group and others are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against meningitis. The group Voices of Meningitis says meningococcal meningitis can be spread through activities such as sharing water bottles and drinking glasses and points out that 10 percent of people who contract the disease don't survive it.

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11:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

State Holding Public Meetings to Explain Health Insurance Exchange

State officials will be in Somerset Wednesday explaining the federal health care law and how it applies to the average citizen. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Insurance and Cabinet for Health and Family Services will talk about the health insurance exchange the state is in the process of establishing. 

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8:13 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Group Pushing Statewide Smoking Ban Touring State, Including Warren and Pulaski Counties

Advocates of a statewide smoking ban are taking their issue on a five day tour before Fancy Farm to drum up support. The Smoke Free Kentucky Coalition has pushed a statewide smoking ban law in the General Assembly for the last two years. And they are making next year’s legislative session a key moment in their fight.

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2:58 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Kentucky Mothers Hope Their Grief Will Cause Others to Think About Pill Abuse

Two women who each lost a daughter to prescription drug abuse are becoming the faces of a billboard campaign alerting Kentuckians to the dangers of improperly popping pills. Karen Shay said Thursday she joined in the campaign in hopes of sparing others from her heartbreak.

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9:12 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Kentucky Governor Still Mulling Medicaid Expansion, Consequences

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he's not ready to make a decision about expanding the state's Medicaid rolls. The federal health care law, upheld by the Supreme Court, allows states to opt out of a Medicaid expansion, which some Republican leaders in the Kentucky legislature have urged the governor to do.

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6:07 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Kentucky Hospitals Working on Quality Improvement Program

Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network

About one hundred hospitals in Kentucky are joining together in a new partnership to help reduce preventable hospital re-admissions. Donna Meador, Project Director of the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network, says the program can help hospitals to boost the quality of healthcare in the state, and help to reduce healthcare costs at the same time.

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8:29 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Knox County Hospital Taken Over by Local Government

The Knox County judge-executive says stabilizing the county hospital's finances is a priority. Knox County is taking over operation of its hospital over ongoing problems in paying employees and debtors. An agreement signed in 2006 put the county fiscal court in charge and Judge-Executive J.M. Hall said local government has inherited a financial mess.

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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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