Health

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A new law that goes into effect Thursday will help patients with chronic health issues maintain their standard of living.  The law allows doctors to show that a long-prescribed medicine would be the best for a patient. Previously, insurance companies could deny payments for such medication until patients had first tried a cheaper alternative.

Some changes in tobacco laws governing underage sales are prompting some new training sessions in the Commonwealth. Some local health departments and regional prevention centers are offering the training free of charge.

Much of the media attention regarding Thursday's Supreme Court ruling understandably focused on the upholding of the individual mandate. Less publicized was another part of the ruling--the part that said the health care law's expansion of Medicaid placed an unfair burden on states.

Reaction is pouring in from all over the country following Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care law. To find out what the decision means for Kentucky, WKU Public Radio spoke with people from a variety of backgrounds to get a feel for the long-term ramifications for the Bluegrass State.

One of those people brings the perspective of both a doctor and a university official.

The Executive Vice-President of Health Affairs at the University of Louisville is pleased with today's Supreme Court ruling upholding the President's health care law. Dr. David Dunn told WKU Public Radio Americans should be happy that an estimated 32 million people who haven't had health insurance will now be covered.

U-S Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was quick to respond to the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Obama's health care overhaul. 

A new competition to spur innovation in the healthcare industry is happening soon in Kentucky. The Bluegrass Code-a-thon offers a $10,000 prize to the person who comes up with the best healthcare innovation in a single day.

The process of opening the Louisville area to Medicaid competition is underway. Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in the area for 15 years, but the state has been ordered by the federal government to allow at least one more private operator to do business in the region.

The CEO of Kentucky’s largest private Medicaid operator says massive financial losses and bad data are to blame for the problems with managed cared in Kentucky.

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