Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
KyHealthNow to monitor, measure efforts to improve health
Health team holds first meeting; seeks to make big strides in state’s overall health. Goals include targets in areas of health insurance, smoking, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dental health, drug addiction and mental healt
Click on headline for complete posting
From Gov. Steve Beshear's Communications Office
< FRANKFORT, KY- Kentucky's health is "in dire need of improvement," yet the state is poised to make remarkable progress in the coming years by building on its recent efforts to make all Kentuckians healthier.
This was the diagnosis from the state's public health commissioner to members of the "kyhealthnow" Oversight Team today during its first meeting.
Gov. Steve Beshear created "kyhealthnow" last month to reduce Kentucky's dismal health rankings and habits through seven specific goals and related strategies. The Oversight Team consists of cabinet secretaries and key state agency officials, and is chaired by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson.
"I've asked this group to help implement multiple strategies that can be used over the next several years to improve the state's collective health, long after I have left office," Gov. Beshear said. "Kyhealthnow will build on our successful implementation of health care reform and will chart the path of our future successes."
kyhealthnow targets seven major health goals to be met within five years, by 2019:
While Kentucky starts near the bottom of national rankings on nearly every kyhealthnow goal, "the state is poised to make strong progress, for example, by building on the preventive services benefit of kynect and improving the health of children through school-based initiatives," Dr. Mayfield said.
She summarized the state's overall health as "in dire need of improvement," but emphasized that kyhealthnow sets clear targets and measurable strategies that will meaningfully improve the health of Kentuckians over "the remainder of Gov. Beshear's term and beyond."
By setting specific, five-year goals, kyhealthnow holds state health agencies accountable for measurable success, and also challenges local governments, businesses, schools, nonprofits and individuals to take meaningful steps toward improving health in their communities.
Each of the seven goals is supported by multiple strategies, as many as a dozen in each area. The oversight team is engaging state agencies and private partners to highlight their work and resources to help make Kentucky a healthier state.
The team heard from three state agencies and one outside partner at its meeting.
Carrie Banahan, executive director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, called on members to collaborate with her office to continue to insure Kentuckians through kynect.
Banahan said currently more than 321,000 Kentuckians are enrolled in new health care coverage through kynect and expects more by the March 31 open enrollment deadline for applying for coverage through a private insurance plan.
A preliminary analysis completed by her office found that approximately 75 percent of all enrollees report that they did not have insurance before signing up for health care coverage through kynect, she said.
While March 31 is the last day to enroll in a private health plan and receive subsidies until the fall open enrollment period, barring a qualifying event, Banahan told the group that enrollment for Medicaid and small businesses will continue after the deadline.
The group heard from two state agencies that share similar goals but operate in very different areas - the Kentucky Department of Employee Insurance (DEI) and the Office of Adventure Tourism.
DEI Commissioner Joe Cowles told members that his department provides health insurance coverage for 266,000 members, including employees of state agencies, school boards and local government, as well as retirees under age 65 and their dependents.
Cowles highlighted the two Kentucky employees' health insurance plans that contain a wellness component designed to encourage members to lead healthier lifestyles.
"As part of our comprehensive wellness program, we offer employees two LivingWell plans," Cowles said. "These plans provide lower coinsurance, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. But more importantly, those who choose a LivingWell plan are required to complete an online health assessment. This helps them become more aware of their current well-being and understand their health risks. And, they get a personalized plan of action so they can get or stay healthy," he said.
The Diabetes Prevention Program, offered at no cost to members, also shows encouraging results, Cowles said. Current participants are improving their overall health and physical activity.
Office of Adventure Tourism Executive Director Elaine Wilson said her agency connects Kentuckians with the state's "outdoor assets."
"Four agencies within the Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet are directly involved in getting Kentuckians outside doing physical activities and having an experience of appreciation and exhilaration in nature," she said. The agencies are the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Kentucky Department of Parks, the Office of Adventure Tourism and the Kentucky Sports Authority.
She said, for example, adventure tourism has two primary goals set forth by Gov. Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear - "get our citizens back outdoors and create trail destinations where they and visitors can enjoy the rivers and lakes, and mountains and beauty of Kentucky." The members of the oversight team heard from Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Adkisson said the health and wellness of Kentuckians has become a greater concern to employers during the past decade as health insurance costs have increased and an increasing share of companies' tax dollars go to pay for health care.
"The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce now lists the health and wellness of Kentuckians as one of the business community's top three strategic priorities for the state," he said.
Adkisson addressed the importance and urgency of health issues to employers, the efforts to engage employers in wellness policies and worksite wellness programs, and the challenges Kentucky faces in addressing health problems that are now of epidemic proportions.
The Oversight Team will meet quarterly and continue to partner with state agencies and share knowledge with the private sector to help meet its seven goals, said Lt. Gov. Abramson.
The group will report its progress to the Governor every six months, he said.
This story was posted on 2014-03-28 07:07:11
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Healthy Lifestlyes by Kelli Bonifer:
Kosair Bicycle Safety Rodeo held at ACES
HealthLink: NYT story on E-Cigarettes
Nurse Practioners get expanded prescriptive authority
Trail Town meeting coming up March 13, 2014
Extension Service, Health Dept. present: Dining with Diabetes
CJE Ann Melton reminds uninsured Adair Countians of service
London (KY) hospital to pay $16.5 million medicaid settlement
HEALTH INSURANCE: Kynectors doing brisk business at Annex
Flu Level raised to widespread in Kentucky
kynect Milestone: 100,000 Enrollees
View even more articles in topic Healthy Lifestlyes by Kelli Bonifer
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.