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Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on U.S. House Passage of CHIP Funding Extension Bill

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the U.S. House passed the Championing Healthy Kids Act to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years. We thank the House of Representatives for taking action on this critical five-year CHIP funding extension and moving the bill forward. However, we are concerned with how this bill proposes to finance the funding extension for [...]

By | 2017-12-16T13:43:06+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Health, News Room|

Kentucky Kids are Counting on Congress to Extend CHIP Funding

Thirty-one days have passed since the September 30th deadline for Congress to extend funding for the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Child advocates across Kentucky and the nation are deeply concerned by Congress’ inaction on ensuring millions of children do not lose their health coverage. Kentucky’s version of the program, KCHIP, has been instrumental in lowering the number of uninsured children by providing affordable health insurance for children with working parents who are struggling [...]

By | 2017-11-01T19:21:48+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Blog, Health|

Open Enrollment and Former Foster Youth

The 2018 open enrollment period for health insurance begins November 1, 2017 and goes through December 15th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. National Adoption Month also begins November 1st, and we must remember those children who 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 [...]

By | 2017-11-01T17:46:31+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

National Brush Day: Let’s Give Halloween Sweets the Brush Off!

By Cortney Downs, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern On Halloween, kids everywhere excitedly dressed up as their favorite cartoon characters before going trick-or-treating and devouring tons of candy and other sugary treats. For many kids, it’s a day they look forward to all year long! But with sugary treats comes the increased risk of cavities and tooth decay, the single most common childhood disease in the United States. As a result, November 1st has been designated [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:08:34+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Blog, Health|

Race for Results: All Kids Deserve a Path to Success

All Kentucky kids deserve a path to a successful and productive adulthood. The reality is, however, that the zip code in which children live, the amount of money their family earns, and the color of their skin are pervasive and powerful influences on the childhood they will have and the future they can embrace. Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 Race for Results report, which features index scores calculated from 12 key [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:10:02+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count|

Building Kentucky’s State Budget

Every two years, the Governor and legislature craft a biennial budget to guide the operation of state government. Kentuckians rely on the budget beyond what we may automatically think of, like roads, public parks, and public-school education. Kentucky families rely on the state budget to keep children safe, support kids' healthy development, and put kids on track for a prosperous future. Kentucky invests in kids by crafting a state budget that provides preventive oral health [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:17:47+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Youth Justice|

Kentucky Kids Need a State Budget Built for Them

Fall mornings with Kentucky’s hills and valleys blanketed in fog create a picture-perfect landscape. While I appreciated the view on a recent morning drive, I breathed a sigh of relief when the fog lifted. The budget news for state government in Kentucky has been dire for months as the looming pension crisis has created a fog around the state budget. Recent revenue forecasts predicting another budget shortfall to the tune of $200 million have made [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:18:50+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Youth Justice|

Kentucky Kids are Counting on Continued Gains in Health Coverage

New health insurance data released by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the percent of people with health insurance (of all ages) in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.9 percent in 2016. Kentucky now has the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from the American Community Survey revealed that 96.7 percent of Kentucky children under 19 had health insurance in 2016, compared with 93.6 percent in [...]

By | 2017-09-13T17:11:10+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Blog, Health|

New Health Insurance Data Shows Continued Gains for Kentucky Children and Families

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the percent of people with health insurance (of all ages) in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.9 percent in 2016. Kentucky now has the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from the American Community [...]

By | 2017-09-12T12:59:12+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Health, News Room|

Local, Data-Driven Oral Health Solutions Across the Commonwealth

This past May, Delta Dental of Kentucky announced it would be providing $1 million to launch five regional oral health networks across Kentucky. From local business leaders and health practitioners, to educators and dental hygienists, these five regional networks are comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders with one common goal: to improve oral health in their communities. Over the last several months, each regional network has had the opportunity to meet and discuss its [...]

By | 2017-09-06T22:12:22+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Blog, Health|