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PPC Announces Leadership Change at HBC

Duane S. Curry

The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) announces the appointment of Duane S. Curry as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (HBC). PPC Secretary K. Gail Russell announced the appointment, which is effective immediately.

Curry, who replaces former Deputy Commissioner Tim House, has served as Director of the Division of Building Code Enforcement since his appointment to HBC in January 2016. As Director, he was responsible for the oversight and enforcement of state and federal laws pertaining to the Kentucky Building Code.

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Medicaid waiver to expand coverage and increase access to care for Kentuckians with Substance Use Disorder

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is set to expand access to treatment and recovery services for individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) through a portion of its 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver, beginning July 1. This program further amplifies the Commonwealth’s overall efforts to fight the opioid crisis, as well as other substance addictions.

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Gov. Bevin Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Expanded Healthcare Options for Small Businesses, Workers

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 15 other states in a U.S. Court of Appeals amicus brief defending a key Trump Administration initiative offering expanded health insurance options, and lower healthcare costs, for small businesses and workers.   

The amicus brief was submitted in response to a lawsuit filed by the state of New York, challenging the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor rule regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs).  The Labor rule allows small businesses to join together in larger groups to negotiate health coverage for employees.

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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Calls on Kentuckians to Recognize, Report Elder Abuse

Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on Kentuckians, organizations and communities to join his office in raising awareness of senior abuse, neglect and exploitation.Kentuckians are urged to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, by learning how to properly recognize and report the crime. Beshear said it is shameful that every year, across the country, an estimated one in 10 elderly Americans are victims of abuse.“

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Beshear, AGs: Public Must See Price-Fixing Allegations Against 20 Generic Drug Makers

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined a 44-state coalition in support of Kentuckians and the public being able to see and read the price-fixing allegations against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers. 

The coalition is asking for the complaint, which they filed on May 10 in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, to be unsealed for public consumption. The complaint was filed under seal to comply with standard investigative subpoena procedure.

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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Beshear: Scammers Posing as ‘State Attorney’s Office’

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert following a Kentucky energy cooperative receiving a scam phishing email appearing to be from the “State Attorney’s Office.”

Kentucky businesses and nonprofits should not be deceived by an email from an unofficial address, like [email protected], with the subject line “State Attorney’s Office Complaint” that demands the business has “10 days to file a rebuttal.” Beshear said the email is a scam and not affiliated with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Gov. Bevin

Kentucky to Expand School-Based Healthcare Services for Children

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

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/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/ .

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Announces Changes to Public Affairs and Addition of Key Staff

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced the following changes regarding key leadership positions in various departments today.

Christina (Mora) Dettman will join CHFS as the Executive Director of Public Affairs, and will be the point-of-contact for all media inquiries. Ms. Dettman holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication from the University of Florida, and Continue reading Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Announces Changes to Public Affairs and Addition of Key Staff

New Report Explores Connections Between Kentucky’s Poor Health and Inadequate Budget Investments

Kentucky’s budget is a critical but often overlooked tool for improving health in the commonwealth. A new report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) shows how our health outcomes – generally poor as well as disparate across communities – are related to tax and budget choices. While cuts to education, public health, infrastructure and other budget areas over the last decade have harmed Kentuckians’ ability to be healthy, the 2020 budget is an opportunity to recommit to building thriving communities. Continue reading New Report Explores Connections Between Kentucky’s Poor Health and Inadequate Budget Investments

“Electricity Shutoff” Phone Scam Targeting Area

Better Business Bureau® serving Central & Eastern Kentucky has heard from local businesses this week that received calls from scammers posing as Kentucky Utilities, threatening that their power would be shut off immediately if they did not pay their bill by phone right away. These businesses also said that when they called back numbers left by the scammers, the voice greeting sounded exactly the same as the real Kentucky Utilities greeting. Continue reading “Electricity Shutoff” Phone Scam Targeting Area

Kentucky Water Treatment Plants Exceed Quality Standards

The Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Water has recognized 37 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), for 2018.

AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of AWOP is to encourage drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization goals that are more stringent than current regulations. Twenty-six states, including Kentucky, participate in AWOP. All of Kentucky’s public water systems are encouraged to participate in AWOP in order to provide the highest quality drinking water to their customers. Continue reading Kentucky Water Treatment Plants Exceed Quality Standards

From the COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear: Action Needed to Better Protect Kentuckians from Online Crimes

Attorney General Andy Beshear and 47 attorneys general this week urged Congress once again to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to ensure state and local authorities are able to protect citizens from online crimes.

Beshear said the CDA needs to be clarified to provide local law enforcement the authority to stop companies that provide platforms that make illegal online activities, like identity theft, black market opioid sales and deceptive artificial technology, possible.

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From the Office of Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Update on Department for Public Health (DPH) Proposed Tattoo Regulations

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in response to concerns regarding a proposed update of the regulation dealing with tattoos, said today that the concerns are being heard.

On April 15, 2019, CHFS filed a proposed amendment to update the tattoo regulation, 902 KAR 45:065. The intent of these regulatory revisions was aimed at addressing changes that have occurred in the tattoo industry over the last 15 years, the length of time since the regulation was last updated. Continue reading From the Office of Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Beshear Continues Fight to Protect Affordable Health Care

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear and a coalition of 20 attorneys general filed their reply brief in Texas v. U.S. Wednesday. It is the final step in the fight to preserve health care protections before oral arguments in July.

 Today’s brief argues that every provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains valid, and Beshear said he is proud to be leading Kentucky’s efforts to preserve access to affordable health care for more than 1.3 million Kentuckians and tens of millions of Americans.

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