Health

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.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is urging area residents to consider vaccinations for infants and booster shots for older children and adults who spend time around infants. The Department says the increasing number of whooping cough cases reported recently is a reason to be concerned.

A decades-long court fight between a Christian health organization and the Kentucky state government is drawing the ire of some Tea Party activists. Christian Care MediShare allows people to sign up for accounts and pay into a shared fund, then draw money to pay medical expenses. The state Supreme Court has ruled that MediShare is an insurance company and is not allowed religious exemptions to state law.

Safety experts usually urge motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorcyclists not to wear the 5x5 brand, SA-08 model helmet. That product fails to meet federal head protection requirements.

A report released by the Kentucky Division of Water says violations involving contaminants and treatment dropped from 2010 to 2011 in the Commonwealth. The Annual Compliance Report is required by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Bowling Green Wednesday for a Health Sciences Complex that will be constructed on the campus of the Medical Center. Those speaking at the ceremony stress that  the new structure will help to provide instruction for nursing and physical therapy students at WKU.

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