Health

Seat Belt Campaign about to Start
6:09 am
Sun May 20, 2012

"Click it or Ticket" Campaign Underway

The annual seat belt enforcement campaign known as "Click it or Ticket" officially gets underway on May 21st.  Law enforcement officials hope to help save lives by cracking down on those who fail to use their seat belts. Law enforcement officials in Kentucky say about 58 percent of the people killed on the state's roadways in recent months weren't wearing seat belts at the time of their accidents. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock says the state "undoubtedly experiences far too many fatalities that could have been avoided with the simple use of a seat belt."

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Health
8:52 am
Tue May 15, 2012

With Kentucky and Other States Putting Heat on Florida Over Pain Pills, DEA Acts

Kentucky drug enforcement officials have long complained that many of the illegally obtained pain pills that end up in the commonwealth come from Florida. Tuesday, the US Drug Enforcement Administration settled with a Florida company, Cardinal Health Inc., over alleged large-volume shipments of addictive pain pills in Florida.

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Law Enforcement Sacrifice Recognized
5:38 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Flags at Half Staff Today in Honor of Fallen Peace Officers

Governor Steve Beshear has ordered that flags fly at half staff at all state office buildings in Kentucky today, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The flags will be at half staff from sunrise to sunset in the Commonwealth.

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Health
11:48 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Private Medicaid Operator Looking to Gain a Foothold in Louisville

State officials have not yet given private Medicaid operators permission to do business in the Louisville area, but that hasn't stopped one company from trying to make inroads.

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Traffic Fatalities and Seat Belts
6:16 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Increased Seat Belt Enforcement to Start Soon

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Law Enforcement Officials in Kentucky are making preparations for this year's "Click it or Ticket" campaign, which is scheduled to start on May 20th. Although seat belt use has increased in the Commonwealth in recent years, more than fifty percent of the people killed in traffic accidents in the state aren't wearing seat belts at the time of their accidents. Greg Dennison of the Office of Highway Safety and Captain Steve Stratton of the Logan County Sheriff's Department talk with WKU Public Radio.

Health
10:38 am
Tue May 8, 2012

London, Kentucky Couple Charged for Leaving Child in Hot Car

Authorities have filed charges against a couple from London, Kentucky for leaving a baby in a hot car while the husband got a haircut. According to WKYT-TV, London Police arrested Robert Smallwood and his wife, Rachel and charged them with criminal abuse and wanton endangerment.

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Health
8:23 am
Mon May 7, 2012

New Poll Suggests Wide Support for Expanded Smoking Ban in Kentucky

A new poll by a nonpartisan health organization suggests a majority of Kentuckians would support a statewide smoking ban. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. And its 2011 poll, taken last fall and released this week, shows that 54 percent of Kentuckians would approve an indoor statewide smoking ban.

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Health
11:13 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Beshear Says Medical Exchanges Will be Implemented in Kentucky, Pending Court Decision

A key part of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by executive order in Kentucky if the healthcare law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Exchanges in which residents can purchase insurance are a major part of the law. Each state must have an exchange, and if states don't set them up, the federal government will.

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Health
2:28 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Major Kentucky Healthcare Provider Told to Try for Agreement with Medicaid Operator

A federal judge has ordered Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider and one of its major Medicaid operators to talk through their issues before appearing in court this week. Appalachian Regional Healthcare filed suit last month against CoventryCares, which is one of four private Medicaid operators in Kentucky. ARH says Coventry was late with reimbursement payments, and has refused to extend its contract past Friday.

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Health
8:10 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Survey Shows Kentuckians Have Mixed Feelings Regarding Universal Health Coverage

A new poll shows Kentuckians are becoming increasingly aware of the commonwealth’s health issues and willing to act on them. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted annually by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The latest poll for last year was just released this week and found many Kentuckians worry about childhood obesity and depression.

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