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A choice no one should have to make

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

Kentucky’s New Breach Notification Legislation

By Chris Nolan and Trigg Mitchell Data breaches, whether big or small, can leave customers exposed to fraudulent activity. You may recall that in January 2014, Target reported that an estimated 70 to 110 million of its customers had personal information (namely, credit and debit card numbers) stolen in a widespread data breach during the

Health News Round-up – June 22

New drug task force forming in eastern Ky. Lexington Herald Leader WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/1pPNyBQ) reports the Cumberland River Drug Task Force will focus on catching upper-level dealers in Knox, Bell and Harlan    How FCC’s rural broadband funding paves path for telemedicine Government Health IT Another way to put that would be the widespread telehealth that

Health Collaborative to Look at Best Practices for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The state’s maternal and child health leadersare working together to address the rising number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the condition caused by exposure to narcotics during pregnancy. The initiative, the Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative, brings together representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Perinatal Association and the March of Dimes,

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