Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky. She has covered everything from crime to higher education. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. At the Kentucky Lantern, she covers mental health, abortion, COVID-19 and more.

Bill to address physician burnout has now cleared both Kentucky chambers

By: - March 13, 2023

 This story mentions suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. A Kentucky Senate bill aimed at preventing burnout among physicians has now cleared both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly.  Republican-backed Senate Bill 12 unanimously cleared the Senate in late February […]

Senate advances bill criminalizing ‘sexually explicit’ drag shows around minors

By: - March 10, 2023

FRANKFORT — After a floor debate spiked with references to foot fetishes and sadomasochistic bondage attire, the Kentucky Senate on Friday approved a bill aimed at limiting venues for some drag shows. Senate Bill 115 would criminalize “sexually explicit” drag performances by “male or female impersonators” on publicly-owned land or in front of children. It […]

Doctor showing CT scan to patient in examination room at hospital

More than a third of Kentucky hospitals at risk, warns Kentucky Hospital Association report

By: - March 9, 2023

Citing “inflation, record-high operating costs, and lower volumes,” a new report released this month says 38% of Kentucky’s hospitals are at risk of closure thanks to “the unsustainability of operations.” Health-care consulting firm Kaufman Hall prepared the report at the request of the Kentucky Hospital Association. The report shows that the state’s hospitals spent much […]

Bill addressing Kentucky’s health-care workforce shortages clears House 

By: - March 8, 2023

A Kentucky bill aimed at addressing Kentucky’s health-care workforce shortages passed the House Wednesday 92-1.  House Bill 200 would create a health-care workforce fund through a private-public partnership administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Lantern previously reported. Most of the money in the fund – 65% – would be reserved for educational […]

Bipartisan Kentucky bill decriminalizing fentanyl test strips clears House

By: - March 8, 2023

FRANKFORT — A bipartisan Kentucky bill that would pave the way for fentanyl strips to not be considered illegal drug paraphernalia passed the House unanimously 93-0 on Wednesday.  House Bill 353 is sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill and has three Democratic co-sponsors.  Fentanyl test strips, according to the Centers for Disease Control […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 2: A model of COVID-19, known as coronavirus, is seen ahead of testimony from Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), during a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the plan to research, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine, known as Operation Warp Speed, July 2, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Kentucky House passes bill nixing any COVID-19 vaccine mandates for minors

By: - March 7, 2023

A bill that would state only Kentucky parents or other guardians can make people under the age of 18 take COVID-19 vaccines passed the House Tuesday 79-17. House Bill 101, sponsored by Shawn McPherson, R-Scottsville, states: “no person, entity, corporation, company, organization, or government agency, public or private, shall require or coerce in any manner any […]

Prospects dim for freestanding birth centers in this session

By: - March 7, 2023

FRANKFORT — Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said Tuesday that bills aimed at revising the state’s certificate of need requirements “are not moving forward this session.”  Among those bills are pieces of legislation aimed at making freestanding birth centers more accessible in the state.  Thayer’s comments came during Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Licensing & Occupations […]

Juvenile justice would get more money, more scrutiny under bills approved by Kentucky Senate

By: - March 7, 2023

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate Tuesday unanimously passed two bills aimed at stemming what lawmakers called a crisis in Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice. Senate Bill 162, sponsored by Sen.  Danny Carroll, R-Benton, would allot more than $50 million for salaries, retention, new workers and security upgrades, including $30 million for workers in the adult […]

Borderline personality disorder is highly stigmatized and lonely

By: - March 7, 2023

This story discusses suicide and self harm. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.  When Mo Lewis was 11 years old, his dad died.  In the following years, he developed traits of borderline personality disorder. He became suicidal, harmed himself and repeatedly […]

Sponsor says drag show bill is pro-children not anti-LGBTQ

By: - March 3, 2023

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky bill that would criminalize “sexually explicit” performances by “male or female impersonators” on publicly-owned land or in front of children passed a Senate committee Thursday. Members of the  Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee voted to advance Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Tichenor, R-Smithfield. A chant of […]

Kentucky House passes controversial anti-transgender bill

By: - March 2, 2023

This story mentions suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. The Trevor Project, which aims to end suicide among LGBTQ+ youth, also has trained counselors available around the clock. Reach them at 1-866-488-7386, via chat at, or by texting START to 678678.  […]

Two juvenile justice bills advance in Kentucky Senate. Here’s what they say. 

By: - March 1, 2023

Two Senate bills aimed at addressing Kentucky’s juvenile justice issues cleared the Senate Appropriations and Revenue committee unanimously on Wednesday.  The first, SB162, would allot millions of dollars to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)  for salaries, retention, new workers, security upgrades and more – among other things.  Those price tags are: $3.2 million for […]