Improving Kentuckians’ health and reducing healthcare costs remain top priorities in election

Vote for 2015Reducing healthcare costs and improving the health of residents are two priority areas Kentuckians want the next governor and legislature to work on in the next year, according to new data from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP).

Overall, KHIP found the economy, jobs, and education as the top three priorities.

Regarding health priorities, nearly 9 in 10 Democrats (88%) said reducing healthcare costs was extremely or very important to them, while almost 8 in 10 Republicans (78%) said that. The gap was wider on improving residents’ health, with 91% of Democrats and 71% of Republicans viewing this aspect of Kentucky life as very or extremely important for the state.

Overall, priorities seen as extremely or very important were:

  • Improving the economy: 91%
  • Improving K-12 education: 90%
  • Improving job situation: 89%
  • Reducing healthcare costs: 83%
  • Improving residents’ health: 81%
  • Government transparency: 71%
  • Fully funding retirements: 70%

“These results give us a reliable snapshot of the most important issues Kentucky adults want to see the next governor and members of the legislature address,” Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, said in a news release. “It is important for our policymakers to know what priority Kentuckians place on these issues facing the Commonwealth.”

Additional KHIP releases on health-related topics – including a statewide smoke-free law, experiences with kynect and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the impact of prescription drug abuse, and more – are available online at the KHIP website.

Among the offices up for election on November 3 are Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, and more. For more information about the election, including finding out where you can vote, go online to elect.ky.gov. Don’t forget to make your voice heard, and vote!

 

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce releases “Voter’s Guide to Business Issues”

image for votingAhead of the 2015 governor’s race general election, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has produced a Voter’s Guide for the citizens of the Commonwealth, compiling the stances of the three candidates (Republican Matt Bevin, Democrat Jack Conway, and Independent Drew Curtis) in the general election on the issues important to the business community and the state.

Topics covered in the Voter’s Guide include health care, Medicaid, job creation, public pensions, and much more.

The stances in the Voter’s Guide were gathered through responses by each candidate to a policy survey from the Kentucky Chamber, as well as various public remarks made by the candidates. As a non-partisan organization, the Kentucky Chamber does not endorse in statewide races but, instead, is giving citizens the tools they need to cast an informed vote.

For more information about the Kentucky Chamber, please go online to kychamber.com. To see the Voter’s Guide, please click here.

 

You Need to register by October 5 in Order to Vote in the November Election!

image for votingMany decisions related to your health and healthcare options are being made by politicians, and the best way for you to get your voice heard is by voting. But in order to vote on Tuesday, November 3, you need to make sure that you’re registered to vote!

All voter registration cards need to be turned in to the appropriate county clerk at least 29 days before any election in order for the cards to be processed, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website. The last date to register to vote for the November General Election is October 5,2015.

As a reminder, to vote in Kentucky, you need to be:

  • A U.S. Citizen and a Kentucky resident
  • At least 18 years old by the date of the next general election (November 3, 2015)
  • Not a convicted felon (or, if so, have your civil rights restored)
  • Not have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law and have your voting rights removed
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky

Among the offices up for election on November 3 are Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, and more. Register today, and make your voice heard! For more information, go online to elect.ky.gov.

 

Legislative Leaders Discuss Future of Expanded Medicaid on KET Talk Show

KET LogoIn an episode of “Kentucky Tonight” that aired Aug. 24 on Kentucky Educational Television (KET), the state’s weekly issue-oriented discussion show, the General Assembly’s top leaders gathered to talk about healthcare, Medicaid expansion, and the 2015 gubernatorial election.

“The economy is good in Kentucky right now,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said on the show. “We can afford to provide (Expanded Medicaid), we can afford to continue to make sure that Kentuckians have it, we just have to monitor it and make sure we’re doing it efficiently.”

But raising concerns about the system’s sustainability was House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who said, “There are a lot of rural hospitals, particularly in my area and I think in other areas of the state, that are struggling financially now as much or more than any time in many, many years.”

To view the full episode on KET’s website, click here. To read a report on the conversation from Kentucky Health News, click here.

 

 

Politico Article Looks at Kentucky’s Governor’s Race and the Future of Healthcare Here

An article posted on Politico.com puts the focus square on the upcoming election for Kentucky governor and the future of the Affordable Care Act. Saying that “the Affordable Care Act is the central issue in the state’s off-year governor’s race”, the article takes an in-depth look at the current state of health care around Kentucky as well as the different proposals being put forth by the two candidates – Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican nominee Matt Bevin.

Bevin, a tea party favorite, has made eliminating kynect a central plank of his platform, and if he wins this November, “more than half a million people who got covered through the exchange or an Obamacare-proscribed expansion of Medicaid could find themselves in health care limbo,” the article says.

Conway would “largely continue Beshear’s policy of promoting Kynect, while trying, rhetorically, to distinguish it from Obamacare,” the article says.

To read the full article, please click here.

 

Voting is your Right, and your Duty

A majority of decisions related to your health are being made by politicians, and the best way for you to get your voice heard is by voting. To vote in Kentucky, you need to be:

  • A U.S. Citizen and a Kentucky resident
  • At least 18 years old by the date of the next general election (November 3, 2015)
  • Not a convicted felon (or, if so, have your civil rights restored)
  • Not have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law and have your voting rights removed
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky

The next primary election will be on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and the next full general election will be on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Among the offices up for election are Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, and more.

For more information – including details about registering to vote, candidates for office, finding your polling location, and more – go online to elect.ky.gov.  Make your voice heard!