Eric Friedlander

House plan would create ‘a hole’ in Kentucky Medicaid budget, Senate committee told

BY: - February 14, 2024

FRANKFORT — The state Senate began its review of the House two-year budget proposal Wednesday, starting with Medicaid, a $15 billion a year program that provides health coverage and other services to about 1.5 million low income, disabled or other Kentuckians. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee heard from Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Cabinet […]

House budget raises fears of cuts to Medicaid services, enrollment

BY: - February 13, 2024

Advocates and state officials, alarmed about cuts to Medicaid in the budget proposal approved by the Kentucky House Feb. 1, hope to make their case for changes as the Senate takes up the approximately $60-billion-a-year spending plan. That begins Wednesday, with the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee scheduled to hear from Eric Friedlander, secretary of […]

Unheard: Foster kids say they were hurt in state residential care in Louisville. Few were believed.

BY: - November 17, 2023

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. It is republished from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Louisville Public Media.  This story contains discussions of sexual assault and the abuse and deaths of children. It was around 3:30 a.m. and most of the other residents at the Home of the Innocents were still […]

‘Really important conversations’ sought by Kentucky Judicial Commission on Mental Health

BY: - September 11, 2023

The Kentucky Judicial Commission on Mental Health held a town hall at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington Sept. 6. This was the second in a series of town halls the commission will hold throughout the state this year. The next one will be Wednesday in Ashland. (For a full listing, see below.) “These […]

Surprise! You’ve lost your Medicaid

BY: - August 24, 2023

Some patients find out they’ve been dropped from Medicaid when they come in to pick up a prescription. Others, when they arrive for a doctor’s appointment at one of the Family Health Centers’ Louisville clinics. And some are struggling to cope with paperwork or documentation required to prove eligibility for Medicaid under new rules that […]

Pushback greets Cameron appointee’s plan to explore illegal psychedelic to treat opioid disorder

BY: - June 19, 2023

The commission that manages the state’s opioid-settlement money voted June 13 to hold two public hearings to discuss the idea of funding development of an opioid-use disorder treatment using the psychedelic drug ibogaine. Two members of the Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission questioned the idea, one saying it seems to benefit a company developing a treatment, […]

Kentucky reverses loss of social workers in child and adult protective services

BY: - June 8, 2023

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander is “cautiously optimistic” as caseload-carrying social workers in the Department for Community Based Services increased this year.  In December, Kentucky had 965 workers in adult and child protective services work, which increased to 1,023 in March and 1,042 in May.  This increase comes […]

Kentucky official upholds child-neglect ruling in near-fatal injury by Louisville teacher’s aide

BY: - March 30, 2023

Almost nine years after a 16-year-old boy with autism suffered two fractured legs — a near fatal injury — at the hands of a teacher’s aide with Jefferson County Public Schools, the state’s top human services official has upheld a finding of child neglect in the case. In a March 16 written order, Eric Friedlander, […]