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Despite Economy, KY Favors Increased Health Access

December 21, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Despite the continuing economic downturn and adverse publicity about federal health care reform, a new survey says citizens of the Commonwealth vigorously support reforming the health care system. In the 2009 Kentucky Health Issues Poll carried out by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, executive director Susan Zepeda says, two Kentuckians out of three favor providing access to health care for all, even if it means raising taxes.

"Kentuckians are hurting. The numbers of uninsured continue to grow, and through it all Kentuckians remain strongly committed to providing access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans."

According to the poll, Zepeda adds, Kentuckians favor access for all Americans, even if the government has a major role.

"To me, this says very strongly that Kentuckians understand that health care is a driver; and health is a driver in Kentucky prosperity, just as education is, just as jobs are."

Zepeda is hopeful that the survey results will be valuable to Kentucky lawmakers as they prepare for the upcoming session of the General Assembly, which begins in just over two weeks.

"I think it is always important for our key policymakers in government and in business to hear directly from the people they seek to serve."

Zepeda believes the continuing support for health coverage for all may be a reflection of another study finding: The number of Kentuckians who report they are now without health insurance, or have been at some point in the past 12 months, has increased.

Further information on the findings of the 2009 Kentucky Health Issues Poll can be found on the Foundation's Web site,

Bill Goodman/Deb Courson, Public News Service - KY