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Beshear: Stop Sending State Dollars to Opioid Companies

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging state officials and board members to stop investing state taxpayer dollars and retirement contributions in companies that have profited from the opioid crisis.

Beshear sent letters Tuesday to the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) and the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), urging the agencies to stop investing funds in the six opioid manufactures and distributors that his office is currently suing over their role in fueling the state’s opioid epidemic. Similar letters will be sent to other state agencies and quasi-state agencies that have invested in opioid companies.

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CHFS and Its Partners Are Working to Keep Older Residents Safe

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Friday, June 15, the Kentucky Adult Protective Services (APS) Branch asks all Kentuckians to help guard against elder abuse. APS, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is the state agency responsible for investigating and providing protective services to victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

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PROGRAM BY PHONE: DIET& ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: HOW CAN WE REDUCE OUR RISK?

Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet can reduce one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. What is the Mediterranean diet, and what dietary changes can we make quickly and easily? Join us to learn more about this diet and how it supports brain health.  Presented by Registered Dietician Emmaline Rasmussen of the North Shore University Health System Center for Brain Health. This program will take place on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 1:00- Continue reading PROGRAM BY PHONE: DIET& ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: HOW CAN WE REDUCE OUR RISK?

How You Say It: Making Matters Worse (or Better) By How You Communicate

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause changes in the person’s ability to communicate. Understanding these challenges and adjusting our communication patterns can make all the difference in the world for both caregivers and those with dementia. Dial in to learn some simple rules from social worker Kathy Rhoads of how to communicate more effectively, both verbally and nonverbally. Continue reading How You Say It: Making Matters Worse (or Better) By How You Communicate

Local McDonald’s® Owner/Operators, Area Health Departments Work to Increase Immunization Awareness

Local McDonald’s® owner/operators throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana are teaming up with local health departments to increase immunization awareness and encourage families throughout the state to “Immunize for Healthy Lives.” The Immunize for Healthy Lives program is an annual program aimed to educate the community on the importance of immunization in young children before they head back to school. Continue reading Local McDonald’s® Owner/Operators, Area Health Departments Work to Increase Immunization Awareness

Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office Receives Complaint of Jury Duty Scam Calls

PHONE SCAM

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is once again receiving complaints of an unknown male representing himself as a deputy and asking for money due to missed jury duty.

All of these calls are a scam. The number provided by a complainant was 859-353-3662. This number provides a recording stating you have received the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. This number is not associated with this office. Continue reading Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office Receives Complaint of Jury Duty Scam Calls

FEDERAL FUND THAT PROVIDES BLACK LUNG BENEFITS IN DANGER UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT COAL MINERS AND WIDOWS

Unless Congress takes action before the end of 2018, major financial problems face the public fund that provides black lung benefits to coal miners and their surviving dependents in cases where the miners’ employer has gone bankrupt, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today.[1] In short, the safety net meant to help alleviate the harm from black lung when coal companies go bankrupt is itself in danger of Continue reading FEDERAL FUND THAT PROVIDES BLACK LUNG BENEFITS IN DANGER UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT COAL MINERS AND WIDOWS

KSP Warns Hot Cars Are Deadly For Children

With the mercury on the rise this week, KSP is warning parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement officers respond to calls about unattended children in vehicles.

According to the safety organization Kids and Cars*, 44 children died in 2017 of hyperthermia as a result of being left in a hot car. These include instances where a child has been forgotten in a car, accidentally locks themselves in a car or trunk or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car. Continue reading KSP Warns Hot Cars Are Deadly For Children

PROGRAM BY PHONE: DIET & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: HOW CAN WE REDUCE OUR RISK?

Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet can reduce one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. What is the Mediterranean diet, and what dietary changes can we make quickly and easily? Join us to learn more about this diet and how it supports brain health. Presented by Registered Dietician Emmaline Rasmussen of the Continue reading PROGRAM BY PHONE: DIET & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: HOW CAN WE REDUCE OUR RISK?

Beshear: New Medicare Card coming in the Mail, Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers

Andy Beshear

Ahead of the federal government mailing more than 900,000 Kentucky Medicare recipients new I.D. cards, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning enrollees to be on the lookout for scams.

The mailing of the new cards, which are designed to help minimize fraud by replacing the members’ Social Security numbers with 11-digit I.D. numbers, are triggering scam warnings across the nation. Kentuckians are expected to start receiving the cards in their mailbox starting soon. Continue reading Beshear: New Medicare Card coming in the Mail, Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers

Beshear Calls on Federal Lawmakers to Increase Penalties on Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers

Andy Beshear

As part of his ongoing fight against the pipeline of opioids flooding Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on federal lawmakers to pass legislation that significantly increases the size of fines levied against irresponsible drug manufacturers.

The legislation would increase the civil penalty from $10,000 to $100,000 per violation and doubles the maximum criminal penalty from $250,000 to $500,000 per violation for drug manufacturers who fail to legally report suspiciously large volumes of their drugs to state and federal authorities. Continue reading Beshear Calls on Federal Lawmakers to Increase Penalties on Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers