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Deepest study yet finds 64% of Kentuckians who'd be affected by Bevin's proposed Medicaid work rules are meeting them already. Gov. Matt Bevin says "hundreds of thousands" of able-bodied adult Kentuckians on Medicaid should be working but choose not to. But when his new Medicaid "community engagement" rules were set to kick in last July, only about 48,000 people on the program would have been short of meeting the requirements, according to a study of Medicaid records and a random-sample survey of people on the program. Read More 
Scores of reported cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Lincoln Trail area; awaiting state health department confirmation. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the main tick-borne disease in Kentucky, has affected scores of people in the area served by the Elizabethtown-based Lincoln Trail District Health Department. Read More 
The Opioid Epidemic Paired With Stalled Progress On Heart Disease Blamed For Rising Death Rates For Young, Middle-Aged Adults. The numbers paint a grim picture, but there is a spot of hope. Across all ages, the death rates have declined, albeit more slowly in recent years. In other news on the opioid crisis: a revamped painkiller, drug distributors' on the defensive, overprescribing habits, needle exchanges and more. Read More


UK gets $11 million grant to decrease cervical cancer in Eastern Ky. with focus on risks: smoking, HPV and low rates of screening.    The University of Kentucky has been awarded a five year, $11 million grant to work toward reducing the rates of cervical cancer in Eastern Kentucky, a region that has some of the highest rates of incidence and deaths from it in the nation. Read More
Kentucky AG clears Passport Health acquisition by Evolent. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has cleared the Evolent Health acquisition of Louisville-based Passport Health Plan. Read More
Emergency Preparedness Rule New updates. To establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems. The following information will apply upon publication of the final rule. Read More
HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Performance Measures. Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of new performance measures to provide data on Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiatives. The measures address SUD treatment provision and referral, SUD prevention and recovery outcomes, healthcare provider and community member education, opioid-related overdoses and mortality, and consortium sustainability and strength. Comments are due August 26, 2019. Read More
Innovative Program Launches in Kentucky to Deliver In-Home Addiction Treatment. Through a new partnership between Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky and Renew Recovery, a Kentucky-based treatment center specializing in substance use disorders, Anthem consumers covered through employer-based and individual health plans now have access to an innovative treatment model that allows them to receive addiction treatment in the comfort of their own homes. Read More

Title X Final Rule & Current Legal Challenges. On Monday, July 15, HHS announced that most of the new Title X rules that were finalized this past March are in effect immediately. This announcement follows weeks of court action during which the status of the rules changed several times, most recently on July 11 when the Ninth Circuit Court announced that HHS could begin enforcing them. Read More 


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