health care

Echoing history, reliance upon travel rises for abortion care post-Dobbs

BY: - June 22, 2023

Editor’s note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Dobbs decision one year ago, people of childbearing age in states across the country suddenly faced what seemed […]

Meet some of the Kentuckians answering 988

BY: - May 19, 2023

This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.  LOUISVILLE – When Sunshine Randolph was an undergraduate student, her stepfather died by suicide.  “It really does kind of rock your world,” she said of the experience, which drew her to […]

Advanced practice nurses in Kentucky will have more prescribing authority under new law

BY: - March 15, 2023

For years, Beth Partin has practiced medicine in rural Kentucky through a collaborative agreement with a physician.  Because her husband is a physician, Partin – who has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree – said she hasn’t had an issue getting a provider to sign an agreement with her in compliance with a state law […]

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. Gov. Andy Beshear signed this bill in March.  A Kentucky Senate bill aimed at preventing burnout among physicians has now cleared both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly.  Republican-backed Senate Bill […]

Bill addressing Kentucky’s health care workforce shortages clears committee

BY: - February 23, 2023

A Kentucky bill drafted to address the state’s health care workforce shortages easily passed a House committee Thursday. The bill, which has bipartisan support, sailed out of the House Standing Committee on Health Services with 18 yes votes and one pass. No one voted against the bill. It now goes to the House floor. House […]


Will Kentucky legislature end a patient’s right to one free copy of medical records?

BY: - January 17, 2023

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here. Just another attempt by Kentucky lawmakers to take from the poor and give to the rich. The pretext for this most recent money grab is the “huge burden on the health-care system when it comes to medical records” and a promise to “lower overall health care costs.” HB […]

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Decision of where to seek care is complicated by the multitude of options

BY: - January 17, 2023

This article is republished from Kaiser Health News. One evening in February 2017, Sarah Dudley’s husband, Joseph, started to feel sick. He had a high fever, his head and body ached, and he seemed disoriented, she said. The Dudleys had a decision to make: go to the hospital emergency room or to an urgent care […]