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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. Below, we have outlined how this court ruling [...]

By | 2018-07-12T17:45:20+00:00 July 12th, 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 | 2018-06-05T11:47:43+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

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+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

12,000 More Reasons to Protect Gains in Health Coverage

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released new health insurance data, revealing good news for Kentuckians. The data shows an increase in health insurance coverage rates for people of all ages in Kentucky from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.0 percent in 2015. Kentucky’s overall coverage rate is now tied with two other states at 10th in the nation. The one-year estimates from the American Community Survey revealed that 95.8 percent of Kentucky children under age [...]

By | 2016-09-13T13:28:59+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

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

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@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 health insurance coverage rates for people of all ages in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.0 percent in 2015. Kentucky's overall coverage rate is now tied with two other states at 10th in the nation. The one-year estimates from the American Community Survey [...]

By | 2016-09-13T12:18:49+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Medicaid, News Room|

Special Report: Covering More Parents through Medicaid Expansion Helps Kentucky Kids

All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families, need access to affordable health care. Today, we released a special report, Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Benefits to Kids and Families, which examines the numerous family and child health benefits that result from parents having affordable health coverage. The new report features research that shows parent health impacts child health. More specifically, when parents have health coverage, their children are more likely to be insured, too. [...]

By | 2016-09-07T07:38:04+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Benefits to Kids and Families

Download a PDF of this special report with references here. All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families, need access to affordable health care. Research has shown that children with health coverage are more likely to receive regular preventive care, such as well-child exams, and to stay connected to a primary care doctor. Continuous health coverage for children has been linked to reduced child mortality rates and increased health status of children.1 Since the [...]

By | 2016-09-06T20:29:20+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Medicaid|

Guest Post: A Grandmother’s View on the Proposed 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Kentucky Youth Advocates seeks to share voices of children and their families who will be directly impacted by the 1115 Medicaid Waiver proposed by the Bevin Administration. As child advocates, we are concerned with many of the provisions of the waiver and how they will impact vulnerable families. Kinship caregivers often receive little support to help them provide for children they have stepped up to raise. We ask the Bevin Administration to exempt kinship caregivers [...]

By | 2016-08-29T16:59:49+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Is the Medicaid Waiver Good for Kentucky Kids?

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier-Journal on August 25, 2016. Read it online here. “Is it good for kids?” That is the question we at Kentucky Youth Advocates always ask of our decision-makers, and we have carefully considered that question in response to the Bevin administration’s 1115 Waiver proposal to modify Kentucky’s Medicaid program. In reviewing the proposal, known as Kentucky HEALTH, we see some positives but also have concerns. Kentucky Youth Advocates supports [...]

By | 2016-08-25T12:04:28+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

The Child Advocate’s Guide to the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver Proposal

As child advocates, we have concerns about the impact of the Bevin Administration's 1115 Medicaid Waiver proposal on Kentucky kids and families. In this guide, we equip child advocates with information about the 1115 Medicaid Waiver proposal and address a number of frequently asked questions. Read our full position statement here, and download this Child Advocate's Guide as a PDF here. The Bevin Administration is asking the federal government—specifically, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS—to modify [...]

By | 2016-08-24T19:00:17+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Health, Medicaid|