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Statement in Response to the Governor’s 2014 State of the Commonwealth Address

It is altogether fitting and proper that a major piece of the Governor’s speech was about kids and families.  The Governor, in fact, took an important first step in protecting children from abuse - he is appropriately touted as a health reformer whose efforts work - and he and the First Lady were pivotal in raising the graduation rate. And much of the vision that he describes is truly aspirational for children.  Once again, his [...]

By |2014-01-07T20:33:03-05:00January 7th, 2014|News Room|

Remember the Benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit on this Tax Day

For the last few months, I've been volunteering as a tax preparer with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition, helping individuals and families who earn less than $50,000 prepare their taxes.  I’ve seen young students filing and single, working moms who are simultaneously raising children and going to school file taxes. I’ve heard stories about individuals falling on hard times in the last few years, and met one person who was working his way out of homelessness. As families across the state and [...]

By |2013-04-15T13:09:25-04:00April 15th, 2013|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Annual Rankings Show Where Kentucky Counties do well and Opportunities for Improvement

Health does not exist in a vacuum. Health is impacted by more than having health insurance and going to the doctor. The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps project, a partnership between the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, understands this. They work to understand what’s making people sick or healthy and then figure out what communities can do to impact that. According to the newest annual rankings released today, Oldham County has [...]

Oldham County is Healthiest in State; Floyd County is Least Healthy, According to Annual Rankings

Jeffersontown, KY- Oldham County has the healthiest residents in Kentucky and Floyd County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. Terry Brooks, executive director at Kentucky [...]

By |2013-03-20T10:55:47-04:00March 20th, 2013|News Room|

Managed Care 101: Medicaid Managed Care Status Update

Managed care is certainly a hot topic in our state. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, Kentucky has undergone major changes to its Medicaid program since 2011 by bringing in multiple private companies to run Medicaid in order to save costs. This new system is called Medicaid managed care. The transition has been anything but easy, and it looks as if the road will remain bumpy for awhile longer. The House Budget Review Subcommittee on [...]

By |2013-02-21T11:52:13-05:00February 21st, 2013|Blog, Health|

February is Children’s Dental Health Month: Let’s Take a Stand Against Poor Oral Health

Guest Post by Dr. Jim Cecil, retired public health dentist and former State Dental Director I’ve been a dentist, an oral health and public health professional, for more than 40 years and I have to be honest, I am fed up with the state of oral health among Kentucky’s kids. When I was a student dentist at the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry in the late 1960’s, the oral health status of children was [...]

By |2013-02-19T10:11:58-05:00February 19th, 2013|Blog, Health|

Statement on Governor Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth Address

Jeffersontown, KY-The Governor’s forward looking message gives hope to Kentucky’s kids.  The broad-based agenda around revenue and adequacy is an imperative, not an option. It is an imperative it we want to protect Kentucky’s  kids from abuse and neglect. It is an imperative if we want Kentucky’s kids to emerge as world-class learners. It is an imperative if we want Kentucky’s families not to feel the high price of being poor. We applaud the Governor’s call for [...]

By |2013-02-06T21:00:26-05:00February 6th, 2013|News Room|
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