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Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

Public News Service - KY: Welfare Reform

As of 2018, 239,000 Kentucky children relied on food-assistance benefits, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Last week, Kentucky House lawmakers advanced legislation that would reform how the state provides cash and food assistance and certain Medicaid benefits to low-income Kentuckians. The bill, which now heads to the Senate for consideration, would require beneficiaries to use one si

The state says Medicaid recipients who received a Kentucky HEALTH eligibility notice in the mail should disregard it. (@lizzieallenphoto/Twenty20)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky HEALTH program, which would have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to get health coverage, will not begin this week. A federal judge recently blocked implementation of the program, originally slated to go into effect Mon., Apr. 1. And yet

Medicaid expansion has reduced the number of uninsured adults in Kentucky by more than 460,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. (@thegoldenmonoclenyc/Twenty20)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Two new bills introduced in the Kentucky Senate would require Medicaid to cover dental and eye doctor visits, and would prohibit healthcare providers from charging co-pays to Medicaid recipients. Current dental coverage for Kentucky adults receiving Medicaid is limited. Senat

About 95,000 Kentuckians are expected to lose Medicaid coverage under the state's new waiver. (jamiesue/Twenty20)

MANCHESTER, Ky. — Newly crunched data reveals the growing importance of Medicaid expansion for rural Kentucky. Nine of the top 10 rural counties for Medicaid enrollment nationwide are in Kentucky, according to research from the University of North Carolina Sheps Center for Health Services Re

Dr. Gail Christopher, a  national expert in holistic health and diversity, told community and health leaders in Kentucky that if they work more on improving inequities the state's health will improve. (Shannon Wells)

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A national expert in holistic health and diversity told community and health leaders in Kentucky yesterday that if they work more on improving inequities, including income and access to care, the health of the state's population will improve. The message came from Dr. Gail Christo

Kentucky's huge drop in uninsured adults is good for both parents and their kids, say children's advocates. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The percentage of Americans without insurance is at an all-time low. A new census survey finds that more than 9 percent are uninsured nationwide, and it's even lower in Kentucky, at 6 percent. Sonya Begay of Berea, who is raising three teenage grandchildren, said she began receivi

Community health center leaders say Medicaid expansion is helping address racial and health disparities in Kentucky. (Shawnee Christian Healthcare)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A new report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found that race and ethnicity make a difference in how healthy you are. Phyliss Platt is the CEO at the Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, a community health center in the west end of Louisville in a predominantly African

Integrating dental care at the same sites as people get medical care is one idea that could make Kentucky's Medicaid program work more efficiently. (Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A broad cross-section of people who are interested in how Kentucky will implement changes to its Medicaid program have spoken - and their ideas are now being made public. Nearly 130 stakeholders were brought together earlier this month by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Acc

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