Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism http://weku.fm en Health Care Reform Unpopular in Nine Swing States http://weku.fm/post/health-care-reform-unpopular-nine-swing-states <p>Party labels affect what rural voters think about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the latest <b>National Rural Assembly</b> and <b>Center for Rural Strategies</b> poll of rural voters in nine swing states in the presidential election, reports&nbsp;Bill Bishop of the <b>Daily Yonder</b>, which the center publishes. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:24:50 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 34589 at http://weku.fm Child With National Following Succumbs to Rare Cancer http://weku.fm/post/child-national-following-succumbs-rare-cancer <p>A 13-year-old McLean County boy whose fight with a rare cancer gained national attention died last night. The death of Lane Goodwin was announced to 342,000 followers on his "Prayers for Lane" <b>Facebook</b> page, report Rich Suwanski and Megan Harris of the <b>Messenger-Inquirer</b> in Owensboro. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:16:21 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 34581 at http://weku.fm Child With National Following Succumbs to Rare Cancer Health Reform Could Hurt Recruitment of Rural Doctors http://weku.fm/post/health-reform-could-hurt-recruitment-rural-doctors <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/10/health-reform-expected-to-hurt.html">Recruiting doctors to rural hospitals </a>will get harder in the next few years as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reaches full implementation and the demand for healthcare services increases, a new report suggests.&nbsp;An&nbsp;<b>Association of Staff Physician Recruiters</b>&nbsp;report, "In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking," says interview-to-hire ratios in rural areas are much higher than in urban, and rural recruiting officers are often responsible for several things, not just hiring new doctors, making them overworked. Both factors make it harder for rural hospitals to recruit, the authors concluded. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:57:13 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 34408 at http://weku.fm Health Benefit Exchange Board Creates Committees http://weku.fm/post/health-benefit-exchange-board-creates-committees <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/health-benefit-exchange-advisory-board.html">At its first meeting yesterday,</a> the <b>Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange</b> Advisory Board created committees: Behavioral Health, Dental/Vision, Education/Outreach, Navigator/Agent, Qualified Health Plans and Small Business, <a href="http://www.kyvoicesforhealth.org/news/kentuckyreceivesnewfederalgranttosupportcreationofhealthexchange.html" target="_blank">reports</a> Jodi Mitchell of <b>Kentucky Voices for Health</b>. <i>(Illustration from <b>The Lane Report</b>)</i> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:29:06 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 33615 at http://weku.fm Health Benefit Exchange Board Creates Committees Volunteer Emergency Medical Squads Decline http://weku.fm/post/volunteer-emergency-medical-squads-decline <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/volunteer-emergency-medical-squads.html">Volunteer emergency medical service squads</a> appear to be dying out around the nation as rural populations change and EMS evolves, and Kentucky is no exception. Volunteer squads have long been the sole emergency responders in many rural areas, reports Candi Helseth of the health-oriented <b>Rural Assistance Center</b>, but according to a 2010 study, "Rural Volunteer EMS: Reports from the Field," 69 percent of 49 local EMS directors in 23 states reported problems recruiting and retaining volunteers. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:41:39 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 33092 at http://weku.fm Volunteer Emergency Medical Squads Decline Kentucky Health Cooperative Established by Health Care Reform http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-health-cooperative-established-health-care-reform <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/former-health-secretary-is-ceo-of.html">Former health and family services secretary Janie Miller, who resigned in February, has become chief executive of the <b>Kentucky Health Cooperative</b>, a new type of health-insurance organization established by the federal health-care reform law.</a> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:39:15 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 33091 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Health Cooperative Established by Health Care Reform Health Boards to Address Community Issues http://weku.fm/post/health-boards-address-community-issues <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/county-boards-of-health-are-being-told.html">Christian County's health director </a>told the county Board of Health last week that it "needs to spend less time on the health department’s budget and more time addressing big questions of community health," Nick Tabor writes for the <b>Kentucky New Era</b>. "The past four years, we haven’t talked about a lot of health issues. That’s going to change,” Director Mark Pyle told the 11-member board. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:51:09 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 32047 at http://weku.fm Health Boards to Address Community Issues Beshear Will Expand Medicaid if Affordable http://weku.fm/post/beshear-will-expand-medicaid-if-affordable <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; "><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/07/beshear-says-he-will-expand-medicaid-if.html">Gov. Steve Beshear said today that he</a> would expand Kentucky&#39;s Medicaid program under the federal health-reform law if the state can afford the cost.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">&quot;If there is a way that we can afford that will get more coverage for more Kentuckians, I&#39;m for it, because if we&#39;ve got a healthier Kentucky, we&#39;re all better off. Our economy&#39;s better off, and of course the individuals are better off,&quot; Beshear told Jack Pattie of&nbsp;</span><b style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">WVLK Radio</b><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">&nbsp;in an&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.uky.edu/comminfostudies/irjci/BeshearWVLK071812.m4a" style="color: rgb(102, 153, 204); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; " target="_blank">interview</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">&nbsp;on Pattie&#39;s mid-morning show.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:42:28 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 29823 at http://weku.fm Beshear Will Expand Medicaid if Affordable Oral Health Takes a Back Seat in Rural Communities http://weku.fm/post/oral-health-takes-back-seat-rural-communities <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/07/lacking-money-insurance-and-dentists.html">Dr. Nikki Stone is a dentist </a>who works in Hazard, Ky., at a community-run clinic. A native of the mountains, she knew that children in the region weren&rsquo;t getting enough dental care, but she was still &quot;staggered by the prevalence of dental disease when she began examining them in 2004,&quot; Margot Sanger-Katz reports for the <b>National Journal</b>. &quot;Large numbers of the kids had never seen a dentist. Half had untreated tooth decay, and nearly 20 percent had urgent needs -- more than six cavities or an active abscess. She and her staff &#39;cried a lot,&#39; she recalls. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:13:20 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 29609 at http://weku.fm Oral Health Takes a Back Seat in Rural Communities Health Law Debate Leaves Unanswered Questions http://weku.fm/post/health-law-debate-leaves-unanswered-questions <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; "><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/">Though host Bill Goodman</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; ">said they just &quot;scratched the surface&quot; on what the federal health-care reform law will mean for Kentucky, physicians and legislators debated Medicaid expansion, the implications of requiring people to buy health insurance, how to pay for it all and other questions last night on&nbsp;</span><b style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; ">KET</b><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; ">&#39;s &quot;Kentucky Tonight&quot; panel and call-in show.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:35:21 +0000 Tara Kaprowy, Kentucky Health News & Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 29393 at http://weku.fm Kaiser Commission Says Kentucky Will Benefit Most from Health Care Reform http://weku.fm/post/kaiser-commission-says-kentucky-will-benefit-most-health-care-reform <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/07/if-kentucky-expands-medicaid-no-other.html">&quot;Kentucky will benefit</a> most from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis by the <b>Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured</b>,&quot; Lorie Hailey writes for <b>The Lane Report</b>, a Lexington-based business publication. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:02:55 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 29168 at http://weku.fm Hoover and McConnell Against Medicaid Expansion http://weku.fm/post/hoover-and-mcconnell-against-medicaid-expansion <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/07/as-beshear-and-williams-equivocate.html">The Republican leader</a> of the state House said today that Kentucky should not take advantage of an expansion of Medicaid under federal health reform because it would cost too much once the state starts paying 10 percent of the cost. The U.S. Supreme Court last week said the states could refuse to expand the program without risking loss of their current Medicaid money, as the reform law prescribed. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:00:04 +0000 Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism 29167 at http://weku.fm