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Frontier Nursing University President Dr. Susan Stone Inducted to National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Stone with NAM President Victor Dzau

Versailles, Ky. – Frontier Nursing University (FNU) president Dr. Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Class of 2018 at the organization’s annual meeting on October 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Stone has served as President of Frontier Nursing University since 2001. NAM states the election recognizes Dr. Stone’s achievements that have opened the door to more than 6,000 nurses to achieve graduate education and positively impact the accessibility of quality health care for rural families across the United States. Of the 85 new inductees, Dr. Stone is one of only two nurses in the NAM Class of 2018 and is the only inductee from Kentucky in the class.

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Kentucky to provide increased access to Medicaid health services for students

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has received final approval for a Medicaid state plan amendment that will expand health services in schools.  The change to Medicaid will be phased in during the current school year, and approval for direct services reimbursements to school districts is retroactive to August 1, 2019. 

“Approval of this amendment is a game-changer,” said CHFS Secretary Adam Meier. “This will provide additional resources to support increased access to mental health services for students using money already being spend by school districts.”

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ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR Nov. 2019

Legal and Financial Planning
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place. Learn what legal decisions must be made, and how to use those decisions to protect and provide the best care possible for the person with dementia.  Explore the options available to pay for care, where to find additional resources, and how to make the best financial choices for both the person with dementia and the caregiver.  

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Kentucky Medicaid to expand eligibility for KI-HIPP with improved application process

The Kentucky Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payment (KI-HIPP) program has launched a new and improved application process to allow for more Kentuckians to apply and be eligible for KI-HIPP.

K-HIPP is a voluntary Medicaid program which helps eligible Kentuckians cover the cost of an employer-sponsored health insurance plan. Once enrolled, KI-HIPP pays the policy holder for their share of the cost of the insurance premium.

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KSP Post 7 Traffic Safety Checkpoint Announcement

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.  These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations. 

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at; http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post7checkpoints/  

KSP Post 11 Traffic Safety Checkpoint Announced

The Kentucky State Police, London Post which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence). Sobriety, insurance and registration violations.

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ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR OCT. 2019

PROGRAM BY PHONE: LEARNING TO CONNECT: RELATING TO THE PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER’S

Feeling unsure or at ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss?  By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can easily make meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer’s disease.  This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect on behavior and communication.

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ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR NOV. 2019

Legal and Financial Planning
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place. Learn what legal decisions must be made, and how to use those decisions to protect and provide the best care possible for the person with dementia.  Explore the options available to pay for care, where to find additional resources, and how to make the best financial choices for both the person with dementia and the caregiver.  

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Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are partnering on October 26, 2019 to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely. This will be the 18th National Drug Take Back Day, a campaign resulting in millions of pounds of opioids and other medicines gathered, reducing possible drug misuse.

For the first time, the DEA and partnering law enforcement agencies will be accepting vaping devices and cartridges at any drop off location during National Take Back Day. These devices cannot contain lithium ion batteries. With the rising concerns of “vaping-linked” illness and death across the United States, this effort will promote a healthier lifestyle in a safe disposal of vaping devices and substances. 

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FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING 10/18/2019

REGULAR INSPECTIONS WITH NO FOLLOW UP DUE SCORE
BEREA COFFEE & TEA, 124 MAIN ST. BEREA 97
BEREA FOLK CENTER, 212 JEFFERSON ST. BEREA 100
BEREA FUDGE SHOP, 207 SHORT ST. BEREA 100
EL RIO GRANDE, 305 CHESTNUT ST. BEREA 96
SEABURY CENTER CONCESSIONS, CAMPUS DR. BEREA 100
SPEEDWAY # 8496, 101 PRINCE ROYAL DR. BEREA 97

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BBB WARNING: HANG UP ON PHONY MEDICARE PHONE CALLS

Medicare open enrollment in health and drug coverage plans for 2020 begins today and ends December 7. Better Business Bureau® serving Central & Eastern Kentucky warns seniors to beware of scammers who might try to steal their information and money during this busy and potentially confusing time.

In 2018, BBB Scam Tracker received more than 500 reports about scam calls claiming to be from Medicare representatives. Protect yourself and your loved ones from this common scam by knowing the red flags.

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Before handing over the keys, make sure your teen knows the rules

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, to help empower parents to talk with their young drivers about the importance of driving safely.

“Parents have a strong influence on their teens, even as they grow older and become more independent,” said Acting KOHS Executive Director Jason Siwula. “Because of their lack of experience, teen drivers are a potential danger to themselves and to other drivers, which is why it is so important that parents take time to discuss safe driving practices with their teens.”

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Office of Highway Safety, law enforcement agencies partner with NHTSA to reduce crashes throughout Columbus Day

The upcoming Columbus Day holiday provides a great opportunity for long weekend getaways — and this means more cars on the road. This is why the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), state and local law enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming up for the inaugural Operation Crash Reduction effort with a focus on Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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