Health

Kentucky legislature advances anti-trans bill

BY: - March 14, 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 https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/, or by texting START […]

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 […]

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 […]

This International Women’s Day, U.S. anti-abortion laws violate human rights, groups say

BY: - March 8, 2023

Ahead of International Women’s Day, hundreds of U.S. and global human rights groups, doctors, and attorneys have asked the United Nations to intervene on behalf of the millions of women in the U.S. who have been left without access to legal abortion and vital forms of reproductive health care in the wake of last summer’s […]

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 […]

3 years after its first reported case, Kentucky has nation’s third-highest COVID-19 infection rate

BY: - March 7, 2023

This week marks the third anniversary of the announcement of Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19, a disease that has infected more than 1.7 million Kentuckians and killed 18,130 of them. And while the Covid-19 national emergency and public-health emergency declarations that have been in place since early 2020 will end May 11 and the state […]

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 […]

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 https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/, or by texting START to 678678.  […]

Bipartisan bill would clear way for distribution of fentanyl test strips in Kentucky

BY: - March 1, 2023

FRANKFORT — Fentanyl test strips could no longer be considered drug paraphernalia in Kentucky under a bipartisan bill that passed a House committee Wednesday.  The House Standing Committee on Judiciary approved the measure 17-0, with three members passing  House Bill 353, sponsored by Reps. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill and Rachel Roberts, D-Newport, states:  “Testing […]

New study finds coal miners in Central Appalachia at highest risk of dying from lung diseases

BY: - February 28, 2023

Central Appalachian coal miners in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia are more than eight times more likely than men in the general population to die from respiratory diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and black lung, according to recent research. “This higher mortality has also worsened over time with modern miners facing greater risk than […]