A Tea Party activist is hoping to end a decade-long battle between the Kentucky Department of Insurance and a Christian health sharing organization. Christian Care Medishare pools money from members in various states to pay medical bills for members in need.
The Department for Public Health says cantaloupes tested in the state public health laboratory in Kentucky carry the same strain of salmonella associated with a statewide outbreak that health officials say is continuing. At least fifty people have been sickened by the salmonella, and health officials say it has been associated with two deaths.
Kentucky lawmakers are frustrated by the lack of information on the state’s incoming health insurance exchange. The exchange is required under the healthcare law, and will allow Kentuckians to compare and purchase insurance plans.
The next public forum over Kentucky’s upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Friday in Owensboro. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplaces in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.
A health department has confirmed flu cases in eastern Kentucky and is urging people in the community to get vaccinated. WYMT-TV reports the flu cases confirmed by the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department are the first cases of seasonal flu reported in Kentucky.