Health

People who were in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport Jan. 27-29 could have measles exposure

BY: - February 5, 2024

Kentuckians who traveled through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport between Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 may have been exposed to measles, the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services said Monday.  Kentucky has had no confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease this year. But an Ohio resident with a confirmed case traveled through the Cincinnati/Northern […]

Youngest Kentuckians increasingly fall victim to accidental overdoses

BY: - February 2, 2024

Kentucky’s youngest children continue to be at risk of drug overdoses from accidental ingestion — with the number of fatalities and the strength of the drug, or combination of drugs, increasing. Eight children died from ingesting drugs and another 47 suffered an overdose in fiscal year 2022 among cases reviewed by the Child Fatality and […]

Kentucky data could aid research into deaths related to epilepsy under bill headed for House

BY: - February 1, 2024

FRANKFORT —  Angie Nieters lost her 14-year-old daughter, Jami Smith, in September 2019 quite suddenly.  Jami, who had epilepsy with generalized tonic clonic seizures, lay down to take a nap after school, Nieters told members of the House Committee on Health Services Thursday.  “After 45 minutes, we went in there to check on her and […]

Kentucky pharmacies could continue vaccinating children under bill headed to full House

BY: - February 1, 2024

FRANKFORT — A House bill that would allow Kentucky pharmacies to continue administering vaccines to children ages 5-17 with parental or guardian consent passed unanimously out of a committee Thursday.  House Bill 274 is “not a mandate” to get vaccinated at a pharmacy, sponsor and pharmacist Rep. Danny Bentley, R-Russell, told members of the House […]

Saying pregnancy is ‘very complicated,’ Kentucky Democrat seeks to restore abortion access

BY: - January 31, 2024

FRANKFORT — Despite believing there is “very little appetite” in the Republican-controlled Kentucky legislature to roll back abortion bans, a Lexington Democrat hopes her own story of becoming a mother appeals to “friendly faces across the aisle.” Rep. Lindsey Burke, D-Lexington, is filing three bills that roll back all abortion bans in Kentucky, protect medical […]

Before and after Dobbs, questions of ‘when and where’ affect abortion access

BY: - January 30, 2024

DakotaRei Frausto was 17 years old and 12 weeks pregnant when they had to travel 11 hours by car from San Antonio, Texas, to New Mexico to terminate a pregnancy after contraception failed them. The appointment was April 1, 2022, about six months after Senate Bill 8 initially took effect in Texas, banning abortions after […]

Bill to get home blood test kits covered by Medicaid passes Kentucky House 

BY: - January 29, 2024

FRANKORT — A bill that would require Kentucky Medicaid to cover at-home blood test kits passed the House 93-0 Monday. House Bill 31 can now advance to the Senate. HB31 would make life easier for Medicaid patients who take blood thinners for their mechanical heart valves. Some patients need the blood thinners after drug use […]

Chemical plant pollution has ‘elevated’ cancer risk in a West Kentucky city, study says

BY: - January 29, 2024

“Toxic air pollution,” largely from a single chemical manufacturer, is elevating the risk of cancer for the approximately 2,500 residents of Calvert City in West Kentucky, state and federal environmental officials are warning.  A study, conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with three air monitors put in place by the Kentucky Division of Air […]

House bill to ensure Medicaid coverage for at-home blood tests advances

BY: - January 25, 2024

FRANKORT — A Kentucky house bill that would require Medicaid to cover at-home International Normalized Ratio (INR) kits unanimously passed the House Health Services Committee Thursday with bipartisan support.  Sponsor Rep. Deanna Frazier Gordon, R-Richmond, told her colleagues this is a “common sense” bill and “cost saving measure.”  Medical experts previously told the Lantern the […]

Democrats file bill to undo Kentucky ban on some medical care for trans minors

BY: - January 25, 2024

FRANKORT — Two Kentucky Democrats filed a bill Thursday seeking to undo a law that bans gender affirming medical care for transgender minors.  Senate Bill 150 passed the general assembly in 2023. Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed the bill, but the Republican supermajority overruled his veto, and the bill became law.  As a result, Kentucky […]

Sen. Amanda Mays Bledsoe back at work after horse kick, emergency surgery

BY: - January 25, 2024

FRANKFORT — Sen. Amanda Mays Bledsoe was back at work Thursday a little more than a month after she announced she was kicked in the face by a horse and had to have emergency surgery.  Bledsoe, R-Lexington, was caring for a family horse on Dec. 15 when she was “unexpectedly kicked in the face” and […]

Temporary removal of firearms bill ‘constitutionally sound,’ says Republican sponsor

BY: - January 25, 2024

This story mentions suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. FRANKFORT — Admitting it faces a “tough uphill climb,” Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield filed a bill on Thursday to temporarily remove firearms from Kentuckians at risk of harming themselves or others. […]