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So far Mahak Kalra has created 46 blog entries.

Supportive Schools, Healthy Kids, Bright Futures

All Kentucky children deserve a safe environment in which to learn and grow. The Kentucky General Assembly’s School Safety Working Group (SSWG), led by Senator Max Wise and Representative Bam Carney, focused on just that. The bipartisan working group, comprised of legislators, citizens, such as Dr. Joe Bargione, who is a champion of the outstanding work of the BOUNCE Coalition in Louisville, and other experts in school safety, met since June 2018 to listen to and discuss proposals to [...]

By |2019-02-06T16:39:56-05:00January 17th, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|

New Medicaid Co-payment Policy Took Effect on January 1st

Photo provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation As the state moves forward with changes to the Medicaid system through a 1115 Medicaid Waiver, a new and separate Medicaid policy took effect on January 1st related to co-payments for Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion eligible recipients. Co-payment is an amount of money people pay to a healthcare provider for a health service, such as an office visit or prescription medication. The amount differs depending [...]

By |2019-01-17T17:49:57-05:00January 17th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Celebrating Dental Hygienists Across the Commonwealth

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and we’re celebrating dental hygienists across Kentucky! Dental hygienists play a critical role in helping children and adults by examining signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, educating patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health, and providing preventative services such as providing fluoride varnish, removing of plaque, and cleaning.  However, the Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study Kentucky Youth tells us that many kids aren’t [...]

By |2018-11-01T10:11:07-04:00October 31st, 2018|Blog, Health|

What Does the Kentucky HEALTH Ruling Mean for Kentucky Kids?

Recently, a federal judge halted implementation of Kentucky’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, also known as Kentucky HEALTH. Since then, there’s been a fair amount of confusion and questions among Medicaid-eligible recipients, health providers, and advocates. When it comes to any issue – and that includes Kentucky HEALTH – Kentucky Youth Advocates asks the same essential question, “Is it good for kids?” Read more in our recent statement here. Conversations continue between the Bevin Administration and the [...]

By |2018-08-13T11:33:42-04:00August 10th, 2018|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Submit Public Comments on Kentucky HEALTH

As child advocates, we are counting on you to raise your voice and submit public comments to CMS on the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver by August 18th. Recently, a federal judge halted implementation of the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, also known as Kentucky HEALTH. The Bevin Administration is seeking re-approval of Kentucky HEALTH by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) before it can be implemented. CMS has opened an additional 30-day public [...]

By |2018-08-13T12:37:11-04:00July 31st, 2018|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Informational Guide to Kentucky HEALTH

In January the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver to modify Kentucky’s Medicaid program for the next five years, known as Kentucky HEALTH. We at Kentucky Youth Advocates believe Kentucky HEALTH’s initial rollout and ongoing implementation must be family-centric. Parents’ health coverage is vitally important to children’s health coverage, and if parents are going to maintain coverage to improve health outcomes for themselves and their children, [...]

By |2018-08-01T12:27:14-04:00May 31st, 2018|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Two Kentucky Communities Strengthen Smoke-free Ordinance

All children deserve to breathe clean air and be healthy, yet many Kentucky children live in a community that does not offer them strong protections from secondhand tobacco smoke in indoor public places. Exposure to secondhand smoke is also harmful to pregnant women and their babies, as it increases risk for poor birth outcomes. The science is clear that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. There is good news! Two Kentucky [...]

By |2018-04-19T13:29:11-04:00April 19th, 2018|Blog, Health|

Solutions to Curb Teen E-Cig Use

A recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 1 in 2 young adults ages 18 to 29 said they had used an e-cigarette. Currently, 23.4% of Kentucky high school students say they currently use e-cigarettes, which is double the national average. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to inhale vaporized; this is often referred to as “vaping”. Manufacturers have specifically targeted youth by creating flavored products, such as cookies ‘n cream and peanut butter cup, to mask the tobacco taste. And research shows that more [...]

By |2018-04-03T10:45:03-04:00February 21st, 2018|Blog, Health|

93,000 Kentucky Kids Need Congress to Act on CHIP

During this time of year, the parents of the over 1 million kids across Kentucky are typically worrying about getting Christmas shopping finished and making sure they have just the right gifts under the tree for each child. Kentucky parents shouldn’t have to worry during this holiday season about whether or not their child will lose health insurance next year. Yet, families of nearly 93,000 Kentucky kids continue to worry and wait for Congress to [...]

By |2017-12-16T13:46:18-05:00December 16th, 2017|Blog, Health|

Kids Rely on the State Budget to Support Their Healthy Development

Health impacts every aspect of a child’s life and is one of the most important components of overall child well-being. As the Kentucky legislature faces tough decisions in crafting the next biennial state budget in coming months, it’s imperative that we as a Commonwealth ensure that the more than one million Kentucky children have access to the support they need for their healthy development. Kentucky kids rely on vital state programs, such as HANDS, KCHIP, Medicaid, [...]

By |2017-11-13T22:11:53-05:00November 13th, 2017|Blog, Health, Medicaid|
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