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A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being in the Commonwealth

Core to Kentucky Youth Advocates mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that we as a commonwealth can provide. This Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book serves as an annual report card for how we are meeting that charge for all of our kids. The 2018 County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across [...]

2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. "Core to our mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that [...]

Census Prep: For the Love of Country

Did you know today is Constitution Day? On September 17th of 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. Most Americans know that this document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today. A lesser known fact is that the Constitution requires the decennial census that we’ve been blogging about for the past few months. In fact, Article 1, Section [...]

By |2018-09-17T13:59:34+00:00September 17th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Medicaid|

Kentucky Remains Top Ten State in the Nation for Health Coverage

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Kentucky Remains Top Ten State in the Nation for Health Coverage Louisville, KY – 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 94.6 percent in 2017. Kentucky continues to have the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from [...]

By |2018-09-12T21:47:17+00:00September 12th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, News Room|

Step #1 Toward an Accurate Census: Creating Complete Count Committees

Photo provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Last month, we blogged on the various ways the data from the decennial census are used and why it is therefore critically important to make sure everyone in Kentucky is counted in the #2020Census. Spring of 2020 may feel far away, but it takes a lot of planning to achieve an accurate count – planning that can’t start soon enough! The single best action [...]

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 |2018-11-12T16:55:10+00:00July 27th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, 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 |2018-11-12T16:55:24+00:00July 19th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, News Room|