Government Affairs articles

Gov. Beshear: State Properties to go Tobacco-Free

Citing Kentucky’s continued worst state ranking in smoking and cancer deaths, Governor Steve Beshear announced today that all executive branch state property campuses will be tobacco-free effective November 20 – the day of the Great American Smokeout. That means no cigarettes, tobacco products or e-cigarettes may be used in state-owned or leased buildings, in state-owned

Kentucky Adult Protective Services Caregiver Misconduct Registry

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) will launch a new web-based registry that will allow vulnerable adult service providers and individuals, pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 209.032, to query the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Cabinet) as to whether a validated substantiated finding of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation has been

A Balancing Act: Pending Legislation Seeks to Improve Prescription Drug Access While Curbing Abuse

By Susan Bizzell and Nicholas Gonzales Executive Summary On July 29, 2014, legislation designed to both combat prescription drug abuse and ensure patient access to prescription drugs advanced by voice vote in the House of Representatives. This legislation, bolstered by bipartisan sponsorship from Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and Peter Welch

FDA Publishes Compounding Guidance, but Where Are the Regulations?

By Susan Bizzell and Nicholas Gonzales Executive Summary The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released five regulatory and guidance documents pertaining to compounding in an effort to provide clarity to pharmaceutical stakeholders.  The documents, issued pursuant to the Drug Quality and Security Act (“Act”), describe expectations regarding compliance with current good manufacturing practices (“cGMPs”) for compounding

A choice no one should have to make

By Angela Young It may come as a surprise that arthritis is one of the most common illnesses among Kentuckians with more than one million residents suffering from arthritis or related diseases. In fact, Centers for Disease Control data shows that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in our country as conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, lupus and other severe forms can

Advocacy Groups Call for Reduction in Barriers to Care

Three-hundred-and-thirty-three patient groups from around the country, including three from Kentucky, have signed onto a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell calling for immediate measures to reduce barriers to care for patients who have purchased policies through the Health Insurance Marketplace (the “exchanges”). The letter comes as some patients with chronic