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So far Stephen Lin has created 21 blog entries.

Former Foster Youth and Open Enrollment

2017 Open Enrollment Period for health insurance begins November 1, 2016!  Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for health insurance. Also beginning November 1st is National Adoption Month, and we must remember those children whom were never adopted. Compared to youth in permanent families, youth who age out of foster care have disproportionately high rates of serious physical, mental, and behavioral health issues. They are more likely to have health issues that [...]

By | 2016-10-31T15:41:43+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Blog, Health|

Transitioning from kynect to HealthCare.Gov: What We Know

As advocates for children and families in Kentucky, we know that all children need access to affordable health care to help make sure they stay healthy. We are watching the transition from kynect to the federal health care exchange (known as healthcare.gov) closely to understand what it means for Kentucky kids and families. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently sent a letter to Governor Bevin’s Administration in which they come to an [...]

By | 2016-10-06T13:59:24+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Blog, Health|

New FDA Regulations for E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued their final rule on regulating e-cigarettes, which goes into effect today. With this new rule, the FDA will be able to review new tobacco products entering the market, prevent misguided claims from product manufacturers, inform the public of potential risks on these products, and evaluate how these products are made and what ingredients are included in manufacturing. The FDA also set forth provisions and requirements in the [...]

By | 2016-08-08T12:25:18+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Blog, Health|

Spread the Word: Families Enrolled in Medicaid Must Report Changes of Address

As child advocates, we want to help make sure families enrolled in Medicaid are aware they need to keep their addresses up to date with the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS). If a family's address has recently changed, they must update their address with DMS by August 18th. If DMS receives any returned mail from an address that is not current, members could lose health coverage. If an address appears incorrect, the member will have the remainder of [...]

By | 2016-07-25T16:45:50+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Blog, Health|

Important Information from the Cabinet on Recent Confusion About State Benefits

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services held a news conference this week to address inaccurate letters people have received about access to state benefits. If you are a provider, consumer, advocate, or know someone receiving one of these services, you can find information from the Cabinet about recent benefit issues here: http://chfs.ky.gov/. Please see below for details from the Cabinet on benefit eligibility: ►If you received Medicaid benefits in March, you will receive Medicaid benefits in April. [...]

By | 2016-04-01T13:31:43+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Blog, Health|

Opportunities to Help Kids Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

With the number of cases of obesity and diabetes rising among both children and adults, it is time to rethink how we can create a positive culture of health. Kids are busy. Families are busy. The work, school, and life balance can be difficult for families. In a fast-paced world, it is easy to default to the easy option. It is easy to choose the fast-food option; it is easy to entertain our kids (or [...]

By | 2016-03-25T09:26:07+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Blog, Health|

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day 2016

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day!  If you work and earn under $54,000, you may be eligible for the federal EITC when you file your tax return this year.  Make the EITC work for you and don’t forget to claim the tax credit if you qualify. What is the federal EITC? The EITC is an important federal tax credit providing a financial benefit for working individuals and families. [...]

By | 2016-01-28T14:49:36+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security|

The Great American Smokeout: Quit Like a Champion

November is often a time of reflection and thanks. Let today be a day of thanks—a day where you can be thankful for healthy lungs, clean air, and the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout is an initiative to end smoking among the 56.7 million people who continue to smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes because tobacco use is the leading preventative cause of death and premature death in the country. According [...]

By | 2015-11-19T08:30:09+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Blog, Health|

New Infographic Highlights Positive Health Coverage Gains in Kentucky

Kentucky Voices for Health, a statewide health coalition of which Kentucky Youth Advocates is a member, released a new infographic that highlights the impact Medicaid coverage has had in Kentucky.  Three main takeaways from the infographic show how expanded coverage improves health and ultimately helps Kentucky as a whole. Coverage helps workers – most people benefiting from this coverage are working individuals, which leads to more time at work, less sick days, and more stable [...]

By | 2015-10-22T12:13:28+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Blog, Health|

Open Enrollment Through kynect is Just Around the Corner

Mark your calendars! Open enrollment for health insurance plans—via kynect—begins November 1, 2015 and closes on January 31, 2016. If you don’t have access to health insurance, have trouble affording health care, or have inadequate health coverage, be sure to visit the kynect website to compare the options that could best work for you or your family. This year, kynect will have two stores (one in Louisville and one in Lexington) open in mid-November to assist anyone [...]

By | 2015-10-13T15:18:46+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Blog, Health|