The financially struggling University Hospital in Louisville is cutting services that will save the facility about $2.5 million a year. The Courier-Journal reports that the hospital will close its sleep center in November, halt open-heart surgeries and limit non-emergency outpatient services for people who don't have insurance.
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.
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.
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.
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.