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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2018 


First Lady Melania Trump makes a statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill; plus diaper duty an economic burden for 1-in-3 families.

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Public News Service - KY: Health Issues

350,000 Kentuckians will be impacted by a new Medicaid work requirement. (franchise opportunities/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – An initiative was just announced to help eligible Kentuckians maintain their Medicaid coverage. The governor's office and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky are partnering to work with employers, providers, state leaders and other stakeholders to ensure people understand

Older Kentuckians who live in urban areas are more likely to be physically active than their rural counterparts. (Pedro Alonso/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - New data reveals a rural/urban divide when it comes to the health of older Kentuckians. The United Health Foundation's 2018 Senior Health Report examines 34 health indicators and ranks Kentucky 48th among states, up one notch from last year's rankings. A key finding of the report,

More than half of Kentucky adults in a new survey say they're worried about the costs of prescription drugs. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The ability to pay for medical care is a challenge for a majority of Kentucky adults, according to a new survey. Data from Altarum's Healthcare Value Hub showed that nearly three in four adults in the state have been affected by a health-care affordability problem. This includes tr

Health experts say drug use alters brain function, causing sometimes long-lasting changes that result in harmful behavior. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Experts say fighting drug addiction takes more than willpower - a message that new data shows many Kentuckians understand. The latest Kentucky Health Issues poll found seven in 10 adults in the state believe addiction is a disease, regardless of whether they had firsthand ex

Major League Baseball prohibits new players, including those in the minor leagues, from using tobacco. (Navan Rajagopalan/Flickr)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Kentucky city is knocking tobacco out of the park, quite literally. All ballparks in Lexington including the home of the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team are becoming completely tobacco-free. Team CEO Andy Shea says Major League Baseball has made great strides

A Kentucky state senator says prisons are ill-equipped to handle the recent rise in the female population. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky lawmaker is hopeful that a bill that would help improve outcomes for women in prison soon will be approved by the House. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, co-sponsored Senate Bill 133, which she said would address unfavorable conditions for women in prison, including

Men, people of color and older adults are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.<br />(Alan Levine/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Health care groups in Kentucky are sounding the alarm about the seriousness of diabetes. Tomorrow is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and folks around the state are encouraged to learn more about the disease and find out if they are at risk. Health education manager

One bright spot in new health rankings shows that women and children in Kentucky are getting their regular wellness checkups. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report indicates there is much work to be done in Kentucky to improve health among women and children. The national report, from United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings, ranks the Commonwealth 42nd compared to other states for women's and children's health

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