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Beshear Alleges Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Created Dangerous Opioid Market in Kentucky for Profit Despite Addiction Risks

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed suit against St. Louis-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Mallinckrodt for profiting from its massive supply of opioids to Kentucky doctors and patients for decades despite knowing and misrepresenting the addictive nature of their drugs.

The lawsuit alleges Mallinckrodt, founded in 1867 and one of the earliest producers of morphine and codeine, sold and promoted its opioids by falsely claiming the drugs could be taken in higher doses without disclosing the greater risks of potential addiction. Beshear said this action allowed the company to grow its market in Kentucky while contributing to the state’s drug epidemic.

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second annual First Responder Camp

Personnel from the Berea Police Department and Berea Fire Department were encouraging the next generation of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics at the second annual First Responder Camp.

This year’s camp had an exciting start as participants got a glimpse of a rescue helicopter that landed on the soccer field at Berea City Park. The popular camp concludes with a trip to Kings Island. Also on hand at the event were first responders from Madison County EMS and Berea Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

House Democratic Caucus calls on state health officials to detail how and why they removed key Medicaid benefits

In a letter sent today to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the House Democratic Caucus called on Secretary Adam Meier to offer a more detailed explanation about recent actions that removed three key health benefits for 460,000 Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid.

The letter, which was signed by all 37 House Democrats, was initiated by state Representatives Joni Jenkins and McKenzie Cantrell of Louisville. It follows the administration’s June 30th decision to remove dental, vision and non-emergency transportation benefits for those enrolled as part of the Medicaid expansion. Continue reading House Democratic Caucus calls on state health officials to detail how and why they removed key Medicaid benefits

KSP to Conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints

The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London, which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.

Commonwealth Distributing Updated Resources to Help Providers Check Medicaid Eligibility

In response to changes resulting from the recent judicial decision on Kentucky HEALTH, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is making updated guidance available on Medicaid benefits.

“The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has not changed any policies relating to the eligibility of pregnant women and children, and they should continue to receive all services, including vision and dental,” said CHFS Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam. “We’ve received reports that some providers have misinterpreted earlier training and guidance, and we regret any confusion that caused Kentuckians on Medicaid to not receive the care for which they are eligible.”

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Sun Protection Vital to Minimizing Skin Cancer Risk

Summer is here and KentuckyOne Health is encouraging Kentuckians to take action and protect themselves and their families from skin cancer, which is often a result of sun damage. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, affecting more than 3.3 million Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading Sun Protection Vital to Minimizing Skin Cancer Risk

Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post to Conduct traffic safety checkpoints

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/ .

Kentucky’s Drinking Water Continues Excellence in Quality, Reliability, Annual Report Shows

Data presented in Kentucky’s 2017 Annual Drinking Water Report  show that the state’s 435 public water systems reliably produced excellent quality water in 2017 with a marked decrease in violations. The report summarizes the compliance data for public water systems including health-based and administrative violations.

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Kentucky HEALTH Statement

The following is a statement from Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Adam Meier on Friday’s court ruling regarding Kentucky HEALTH, the Commonwealth’s innovative 1115 Medicaid Waiver:

“The Court’s ruling invalidates Kentucky HEALTH on a very narrow basis. The Court concluded that the HHS Secretary simply failed to consider the impact of Kentucky HEALTH on Medicaid coverage. While we disagree with the Court’s ruling, which delays Continue reading Kentucky HEALTH Statement

Beshear Provides $30,000 to KASAP to Train Hospitals on Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams for Victims

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) are working together to train hospitals on providing legally required services to victims of sexual assault.

Beshear’s office has provided KASAP and its executive director, Eileen Recktenwald, with $30,000 in drug settlement funds to create and administer the statewide training to better serve victims. Continue reading Beshear Provides $30,000 to KASAP to Train Hospitals on Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams for Victims

New resources available to support Kentucky Medicaid recipients who are transitioning to Kentucky HEALTH

Kentucky HEALTH, the Commonwealth’s new program for certain able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid, begins on July 1, 2018, and several state agencies are working to make the transition as smooth as possible for those recipients.

“We have numerous print and digital resources now available that will help the people of the Commonwealth understand and take advantage of Kentucky’s new Medicaid program,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Adam Meier. “The Kentucky HEALTH website features a new eligibility tool that will help citizens determine which components of the program will apply to them. We also have pamphlets, guides and booklets available in state offices everywhere and available for download.”

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Division of Fire Prevention Reminds Kentuckians of Firework Safety

The Kentucky Division of Fire Prevention encourages Kentuckians to attend community events instead of celebrating with fireworks at home during this year’s Independence Day festivities.

“Let the professionals entertain your family,” said Mike Haney, state fire marshal and director of fire prevention for the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction. “By celebrating at a public event instead of at home, you reduce the risk of injury and property damage. You may also avoid violating the law.” Continue reading Division of Fire Prevention Reminds Kentuckians of Firework Safety

Beshear: Stop Sending State Dollars to Opioid Companies

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging state officials and board members to stop investing state taxpayer dollars and retirement contributions in companies that have profited from the opioid crisis.

Beshear sent letters Tuesday to the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) and the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), urging the agencies to stop investing funds in the six opioid manufactures and distributors that his office is currently suing over their role in fueling the state’s opioid epidemic. Similar letters will be sent to other state agencies and quasi-state agencies that have invested in opioid companies.

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CHFS and Its Partners Are Working to Keep Older Residents Safe

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Friday, June 15, the Kentucky Adult Protective Services (APS) Branch asks all Kentuckians to help guard against elder abuse. APS, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is the state agency responsible for investigating and providing protective services to victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

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