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Lifeline Program Changes Coming Next Month

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As the annual application process begins this week for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), changes are coming soon to another program used by many low-income Kentuckians.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is reminding residents that, after December 1, participation in LIHEAP and several other programs will no longer suffice as proof of eligibility Continue reading Lifeline Program Changes Coming Next Month

New Website Helps Kentuckians Find Anti-Overdose Medication

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Kentuckians who are struggling with an opioid addiction have a new website to help them buy naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose and offer a second chance to seek treatment.

Launched today, [KyStopOverdoses.ky.gov]KyStopOverdoses.ky.gov provides a map of more than 300 pharmacies across the state where people can obtain naloxone, often sold under the brand name Narcan. Visitors to the site can search for nearby venders by Continue reading New Website Helps Kentuckians Find Anti-Overdose Medication

Labor Cabinet Collects $118,337.13 in Unpaid Wages in October

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Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $118,337.13 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers. This brings the total amount recovered for the year to $1,522,196.05.

Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include misclassification of workers as independent contractors, unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations. Continue reading Labor Cabinet Collects $118,337.13 in Unpaid Wages in October

Breast Cancer Awareness Remember Importance of Screening and Early Detection

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) wants to thank everyone who participated in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and encourages all Kentuckians to continue efforts in raising awareness of this important women’s health issue throughout the year. Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness Remember Importance of Screening and Early Detection

OPEN LETTER TO KENTUCKY CONGREGATIONS

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With the election only one week away, my thoughts have turned towards what is next. For more than a year we have been bombarded with campaign ads, vitriol and divisive rhetoric. This election has brought out the worst in us, leading to protests, defamation, even violence.

The Church has not been immune. We have been called on to support one political agenda or the other, even at the detriment of Continue reading OPEN LETTER TO KENTUCKY CONGREGATIONS

Gov. Matt Bevin Delivers on Promise to Fix Pay Disparity for Statewide Highway Maintenance Crews

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Flanked by a platoon of statewide highway maintenance crews dressed in high-visibility gear, Gov. Matt Bevin today fulfilled his promise to increase the pay of over 2,600 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) employees.

The new salary adjustment will affect specialized maintenance job classifications including highway equipment operators, laborers, mechanics, machinists and welders, as well as engineering technologists. Employees, depending on their classification, could see a salary Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Delivers on Promise to Fix Pay Disparity for Statewide Highway Maintenance Crews

HealthCare.gov Transition Begins Monday Five Things to Know About HealthCare.gov

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Kentucky is five days away from the start of open enrollment for Qualified Health Plans (QHP) on the federal marketplace healthcare.gov. Currently, about 84,000 Kentuckians have a current QHP purchased on the exchange.

Here are “five things to know” about the move from kynect to Continue reading HealthCare.gov Transition Begins Monday Five Things to Know About HealthCare.gov

Beshear Joins West Virginia, Ohio Attorneys General in Fight Against Opioid Crisis

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Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to host a summit aimed at fighting back against the Tri-State region’s opioid crisis.

The “Taking Back Our Communities: Combating the Opiate Epidemic” meeting was held at the New Life Church in Huntington, and brought together citizens, law enforcement, counselors, educators and faith- Continue reading Beshear Joins West Virginia, Ohio Attorneys General in Fight Against Opioid Crisis

Unemployment rates down in 74 Kentucky counties in September 2016

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Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between September 2015 and September 2016, rose in 41 and stayed the same in five counties (Grayson, Henderson, Livingston, Logan and Simpson), according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Oldham and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent each. They were followed by Continue reading Unemployment rates down in 74 Kentucky counties in September 2016

Transition from kynect to HealthCare.gov Coming Soon

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Beginning one week from today Kentuckians will use healthcare.gov, instead of kynect, to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) during the 2017 open enrollment period. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) expects a smooth transition to healthcare.gov. The move to the federal exchange simply changes the web portal Kentuckians will use to enroll and is projected to save more than $10 million per year in operating cost once transitioned. Continue reading Transition from kynect to HealthCare.gov Coming Soon

Rainfall Not Sufficient to Ease Fire Danger

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The increased danger of forest fires continues despite most areas of the state receiving some much needed rainfall last week. Warm temperatures and winds have already caused dry conditions to return.

As we move into November, leaf drop adds a new layer to already dry fuels amplifying fire activity. A warm, sunny day may seem like a good opportunity to clear dead limbs and leaves from your yard, but Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say now is not a good time to Continue reading Rainfall Not Sufficient to Ease Fire Danger

My Old Meds Kentucky Kickoff Event Held at State Capitol

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Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Executive Director Van Ingram, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders, Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Hiram Polk and Kipp Snider, Vice President of State Advocacy for the Pharmaceutical Research Continue reading My Old Meds Kentucky Kickoff Event Held at State Capitol

Congressman Yarmuth Playing Politics and Misleading Kentuckians on Innovative Kentucky HEALTH Waiver

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Below is a statement from Press Secretary Amanda Stamper:

“While Congressman Yarmuth plays politics three weeks before an election, Gov. Bevin and his team have spent several months developing a transformative and financially sustainable Medicaid plan that will actually improve health outcomes for Kentuckians and encourage self-sufficiency. U.S. Department of Continue reading Congressman Yarmuth Playing Politics and Misleading Kentuckians on Innovative Kentucky HEALTH Waiver

‘5 to Drive’ campaign helps parents prepare, protect teen drivers

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The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct.16-22 in promoting the “5 to Drive” campaign to encourage conversations with teen drivers about the top five dangerous driving behaviors: drunken driving, no seat belt, Continue reading ‘5 to Drive’ campaign helps parents prepare, protect teen drivers

Governor Bevin Proclaims Forest Products Week in KY

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Gov. Bevin

Governor Matthew G. Bevin has proclaimed Oct. 16–22, 2016, as Forest Products Week in Kentucky. Congress established this annual event in 1960 to emphasize to each American how forests are inseparably tied to our past, present and future.

“Kentucky’s magnificent forests are an important resource for the Commonwealth, not only creating jobs Continue reading Governor Bevin Proclaims Forest Products Week in KY

Telecommunications Assistance Will Soon Be Easier to Obtain for Eligible Veterans and Survivors

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It will soon be easier for veterans and their survivors who receive pension benefits to obtain subsidized telephone or broadband service.

As a result of major changes coming in December to the Lifeline program, low-income veterans or their survivors receiving pension benefits will have automatic proof of eligibility for the Lifeline program. Continue reading Telecommunications Assistance Will Soon Be Easier to Obtain for Eligible Veterans and Survivors