Ky. Public Health commissioner appointed president of national health official association

WKMS | By Abigail Lonsway Dr. Steven Stack – Kentucky’s Public Health commissioner – is the new president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). The nonprofit organization, which aims to support the work of state and territorial health officials by furthering the development of public health policy, named Stack its president-elect in…

The ‘voice’ of Kentucky agriculture: Commissioner’s race takes a partisan turn

Republican Jonathan Shell is running against Biden. Democrat Sierra Enlow says Kentucky is ‘not as divided’ as people think. BY: JAMIE LUCKE  In the the late 19th century almost half the population lived on farms, like this one in Jessamine County, and needed a strong defender against the economic monopolies that bought and shipped their products.…

UK’s Chandler Hospital reports five cases of treatment-resistant fungus, a ‘threat’ to those with pre-existing conditions

The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital reports it has five patients with a fungus, Candida auris, that is resistant to treatment. Candida auris can make people severely ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also “spreads easily” in health care settings like a hospital. “Medications that are designed to kill the…

Beshear, Cameron spar over key tax issue in final gubernatorial debate before Kentucky election

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS KENTUCKY KENTUCKY — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron sparred over a key tax policy in their final debate Tuesday night, sharpening their closing pitches to voters with two weeks left in their hard-hitting campaign for governor in Kentucky. What You Need To Know Just two weeks are left in their…

Health partnership to expand Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome care to rural Kentucky hospitals

WEKU | By Shepherd Snyder The Kentucky Association of Health Plans is giving $750,000 dollars to neonatal care company NASCEND to help improve access to treatment for opioid-exposed infants in rural areas. That includes helping hospitals set up prenatal consultations, training staff and adding new treatment programs. “The thing that we’re really striving for is that…

Health care choices narrow for Kentuckians in Medicare Advantage plans

Baptist Health and a federal investigation cite plans’ denial of care and refusal to pay BY: DEBORAH YETTER LOUISVILLE — With open enrollment underway, older Americans are getting barraged with television ads, mailings and online notices hawking a variety of Medicare Advantage plans for health coverage. But many Kentuckians, including thousands of state retirees, are largely…

‘Yes or no, sir?’: Gubernatorial candidates face direct questions on persistent controversies in KET debate

WUKY | By Josh James Gubernatorial contenders Andy Beshear and Daniel Cameron both turned in feisty performances during a debate on KET Monday night — with moderator Rene Shaw pressing for straight answers on a number of simmering campaign questions. It was a debate as much about what candidates wouldn’t say as what they would say.…

How the flu season will look different this year, according to Lexington health officials

By Darnell Crenshaw LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Flu season is here, but it’s different this year. The CDC is now calling it respiratory illness season because health officials are now including COVID-19 and RSV along with influenza. According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD, these three respiratory viruses are really expected to circulate in the…

Humana, one of Louisville’s top employers, to get new CEO

Louisville Public Media | By Jacob Munoz Humana CEO Bruce Broussard will step down late next year. Jim Rechtin, president and CEO of Envision Healthcare, which provides hospitals with clinicians, will take over the Louisville-based Fortune 500 company. The leadership change could signal changes for one of the city’s most prominent corporations, with the possibility that…