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Kentucky Health, Education Groups Urge House to Call Tobacco-Free Schools Bill for Floor Vote

The Kentucky House of Representatives should call for a vote on the tobacco-free schools bill, says its sponsor and a combination of health, education, business, youth advocacy and faith-based groups from across the state. The bill has been languishing since it passed unanimously out of a House committee on Feb. 7.

The letter to representatives urging a vote on House Bill 11 said the bill “would create an environment where smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes is not the norm, reduce youth tobacco initiation, provide positive adult role modeling, and protect students, faculty, and visitors from the harms of secondhand smoke and aerosol both on campus and during school field trips.” Nearly nine in 10 Kentucky adults support tobacco-free schools, the letter added. Continue reading Kentucky Health, Education Groups Urge House to Call Tobacco-Free Schools Bill for Floor Vote

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Secures more than $5 Million for Kentucky from Medicaid Fraud Settlement with Nation’s Largest Kidney Dialysis Provider

Attorney General Andy Beshear is returning more than $5 million to the Kentucky Medicaid program from a settlement with Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. over allegations of Medicaid fraud.

The settlement resolves claims by Beshear that the Massachusetts-based company violated Medicaid guidelines by failing to warn Kentucky dialysis clinics and doctors from 2003-2012 that its kidney dialysis product, GranuFlo, could result in dangerously increased bicarbonate levels. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR MAR. 2019

Family Caregiver Workshop

This program is specialized for family caregivers and will offer information about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving and will also provide an opportunity to reflect, regenerate, and gain a new perspective on your caregiving issues. Local and statewide experts who specialize in aging and Alzheimer’s care will present topics that are valuable to family caregivers of persons with dementia. This training is designed specifically for family caregivers and is
therefore not open to those who are professional caregivers.

Jointly sponsored by the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging, Baptist Health Medical Group Neurology, Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Workshop registration fee: $10 (includes lunch). Registration is required; deadline February 22, 2019. To register, call 1-800-272-3900.
Date: March 1, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Location: Alzheimer’s Association 2808 Palumbo Drive Lexington, KY.

ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR MAR. 2019

Family Caregiver Workshop

This program is specialized for family caregivers and will offer information about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving and will also provide an opportunity to reflect, regenerate, and gain a new perspective on your caregiving issues. Local and statewide experts who specialize in aging and Alzheimer’s care will present topics that are valuable to family caregivers of persons with dementia. This training is designed specifically for family caregivers and is
therefore not open to those who are professional caregivers. Continue reading ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR MAR. 2019

KSP to Host Free Car Seat Safety Check in Frankfort

Kentucky State Police will host a free car seat safety check event on February 28, 2019 at the KSP headquarters location (919 Versailles Road, Frankfort) from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Troopers who will be performing the car seat safety checks have completed a training course and are certified by Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit that offers programs meant to help communities keep children safe from injuries. Continue reading KSP to Host Free Car Seat Safety Check in Frankfort

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Kentucky Medicaid Releases Report on Pharmacy Benefit Program

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) and Office of Health Data and Analytics released a new report today on the state’s pharmacy benefit program.

“MEDICAID PHARMACY PRICING: Opening the Black Box”  looks at the impact and role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), which serve as intermediaries between Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and pharmacies. The report provides recommendations to help create transparency, control the pricing of medications for Medicaid beneficiaries, and improve the care provided by pharmacies within the Commonwealth.

Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Develops Website for Kentuckians to Track his Fight for Better, More Affordable Health Care Online

Kentuckians can now visit ag.ky.gov/healthcare to track Attorney General Andy Beshear’s fight for better, more affordable health care.

Beshear said the website provides an opportunity for Kentuckians to learn about what is truly at stake in three legal cases that he has joined to ensure health care and pharmacy benefits are not taken away from more than 1.3 million Kentuckians.

Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Hosts 6th Annual Gala for Healing and Hope

The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation will host its 6th Annual Gala for Healing and Hope on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at The Churchill Company. The event will include live music, food, dancing and a silent auction. A Physician Service Award will also be presented during the gala.

Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Hosts 6th Annual Gala for Healing and Hope

From the Commonwealth of KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Public Health Reports Confirmed Case of Measles in Barren River District

A case of measles has been confirmed in a young child living in the region served by the Barren River District Health Department. The child, who is unvaccinated, recently traveled out of the country to an area where measles is endemic, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reports. The case is not linked to an ongoing measles outbreak in the state of Washington or other cases of measles in the U.S. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Saint Joseph Berea Encouraging Colon Cancer Screenings Ahead of Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Health screenings are important year-round to help detect diseases like colon cancer early on. As the month of March approaches, Saint Joseph Berea is helping to raise awareness about the prevalence of colon cancer in Kentucky, and the importance of scheduling a screening, in recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Kentucky leads the nation in colon cancer rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the United States, colon cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea Encouraging Colon Cancer Screenings Ahead of Colon Cancer Awareness Month

COALITION URGES KENTUCKY HOUSE TO PASS CLEAN TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOLS BILL

The tobacco-free schools bill has passed unanimously out of the Kentucky House Committee on Health and Family Services and is now awaiting action by the full House. The bill (House Bill 11) is endorsed by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, which comprises more than 180 organizations committed to improving health by reducing tobacco use in Kentucky. The bill would prohibit tobacco use on, or in, property that is owned or operated by school boards in Kentucky at all times. Enforcement is to be determined by local school boards. Continue reading COALITION URGES KENTUCKY HOUSE TO PASS CLEAN TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOLS BILL

BURN BAN

Another forest fire hazard season will soon be upon us, and forestry officials are reminding people to be mindful of when and where they burn things.

This forest fire hazard season is February 15 through April 30.

During this time, it is illegal to burn any material capable of spreading fire between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Burning is also illegal within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land.

If you are unsure of whether you can burn or not, contact your local Kentucky Division of Forestry Office.

From the Office’s of Rep. Kim Moser and Sen. Ralph Alvarado

Statewide Tobacco-Free Schools Bill Right Approach to Surging Teen Tobacco Use

Students, educators, health advocates and business leaders are urging the legislature in 2019 to make all Kentucky school districts tobacco-free. As health professionals and lawmakers, we believe this is the sensible approach to protecting our kids from tobacco exposure. Now is also the right time to enact this law, given the recent proliferation of vaping and e-cigarette use among adolescents and teens. Continue reading From the Office’s of Rep. Kim Moser and Sen. Ralph Alvarado

Better Business Bureau Follow-Up Study Shows How Romance Scams Often Lead to Further Fraud for Victims

With Valentine’s Day comes a surge of activity on dating websites, with singles looking to the internet for a love connection. Unfortunately, these sites are rife with fraudsters who use affection to manipulate their victims out of their money. Worse, a new Better Business Bureau (BBB) report finds, online romance scams often escalate as scammers turn their victims into unwitting accomplices to fraud, known as “money mules.”

Continue reading Better Business Bureau Follow-Up Study Shows How Romance Scams Often Lead to Further Fraud for Victims

Saint Joseph Berea Hosts Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Luncheon

As part of the national effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in women, Saint Joseph Berea is partnering with the American Heart Association to host a Go Red for Women Lunch & Learn event.

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, at Churchill Weavers, located at 100 Churchill Drive. Free screenings will be offered from 10:30-11:45 a.m. for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, oxygen saturation and peripheral vascular disease. Lunch and a presentation will be held from noon-1 p.m. Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea Hosts Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Luncheon

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear: Rocket Dockets Getting Kentuckians into Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Faster

Attorney General Andy Beshear says Kentuckians facing drug-related offenses are getting into substance abuse treatment programs faster because of the effectiveness of the state’s Rocket Docket programs.

Beshear said treatment is paramount for these Kentuckians, their families and their communities if the state is to recover from its current drug epidemic. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Public Health Continues to Promote Hepatitis A Vaccination

People who are considered high risk for exposure to the Hepatitis A virus should get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid contracting the virus and lessen the spread of the disease. High risk groups include individuals who use illicit drugs, close contacts of illicit drug users, and homeless people.

The Department for Public Health (DPH) is making this recommendation as part of its efforts to respond to the ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A. Since the outbreak began in August 2017, reported cases continue to rise and have now been recorded in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Mayor: Support services key to fighting drug epidemic

When it comes to solving the drug epidemic in Madison County, preventing youths from getting addicted in the first place is a key component to success. However, providing support and services for those who already struggle with drug addiction is another crucial piece of the puzzle, say local officials.

That was the message at a seminar last week hosted by Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) Madison County, which sponsored a series of presentations about the state of the drug epidemic in the region. Continue reading Mayor: Support services key to fighting drug epidemic