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Lessening the Effects of Trauma on Children

Traumatic experiences can happen to any of us, whether it’s growing up in an abusive or dysfunctional home or surviving a natural disaster. And, while everyone who has experienced trauma wants to move beyond it, the part of our brain tasked with ensuring our survival can complicate the process, even when we don’t remember the event. In highly stressful or potentially life-threatening situations, our brains activate a fight or flight response. Without even realizing it, [...]

By |2018-08-20T17:50:56+00:00August 20th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Back to School with Kentucky Kids

There has been some serious excitement in my house this week, as our daughters prepare for their first days of school. We’ve gone to school to deliver their bags of school supplies – crayons, markers, scissors, notebooks, and glue sticks. We’ve visited their classrooms and met their new teachers. We’ve picked out their first-day-of-school outfits and prepared their new backpacks. In our house, back to school is a pretty big deal. My first- and third-grader [...]

By |2018-08-15T10:33:01+00:00August 15th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, 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+00:00August 10th, 2018|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Why Does the Census Count Matter?

Photo provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation As a part of the U.S. Constitution, America has one chance every decade to count each resident through the decennial census. The census count helps determine everything from how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives, the number of state legislative districts needed, how much federal funding is allocated to states and localities, and which communities need a new elementary school, [...]

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+00:00July 31st, 2018|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Reversal of Medicaid Co-pay Mandates

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky's kids – and especially the state's most vulnerable – won today because of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' decision to reverse Medicaid co-payment mandates. Providing the most children with the most access is ethical governance and a smart return on investment at the same time.

By |2018-07-27T20:33:48+00:00July 27th, 2018|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Restoration of Medicaid Dental and Vision Benefits

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Oral health is essential to the overall health and well-being of children and their families. That is why we at Kentucky Youth Advocates are glad to see the Bevin Administration’s commitment to restore dental, vision, and non-emergency transportation benefits that are essential to Kentuckians’ health. Though children, pregnant women, and former foster youth up to age 26 were [...]

By |2018-07-19T19:40:30+00:00July 19th, 2018|Health, News Room|

Thank You for Sharing Your Ideas for Kids!

A few weeks ago, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates reached out to advocates like you and asked you to provide input on the greatest challenges facing Kentucky kids today—and the policy changes that our state government could make to address these challenges. Your feedback is invaluable as Blueprint for Kentucky's Children partners continue to develop the 2019 policy agenda. More than 130 advocates filled out the survey, representing counties across the commonwealth and many sectors [...]

Hard Work Takes Sweat but the Pay Off is Sweet

Not much beats fresh picked fruit in the summertime. Recently we went to pick blueberries on a nearby farm, and it reminded me of summer days picking strawberries in my grandmother’s garden. The work was hard and the weather hot, but we always knew there would be strawberry pie for supper. We continued that tradition this weekend, making a fresh blueberry pie from the fruit we picked. The final result definitely made the hard work [...]

By |2018-08-01T12:20:56+00:00July 11th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health, Justice|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Unintentional Denial of Routine Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women

Contact: Mahak Kalra Mkalra@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *114 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Unintentional Denial of Routine Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women  Louisville, KY – In the midst of the political toxicity that has surrounded the proposed 1115 waiver, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) have consistently commended Governor Bevin and his administration for protecting children, pregnant women, and former foster youth up to age 26 from changes in coverage as the state sought to transition Medicaid [...]

By |2018-07-05T12:29:09+00:00July 5th, 2018|Health, News Room|