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.

 

Learn More about Where the Candidates for Governor Stand on Medicaid

image for votingWith the Nov. 3 gubernatorial election quickly approaching, the differences between candidates Matt Bevin (R) and Jack Conway (D) are significant.

This article, put out by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, focuses on the candidates’ differing stances on Medicaid.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is Kentucky’s non-partisan association dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of the business community in the Commonwealth. For more information, go online to kychamber.com.

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.

 

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.

 

Kentucky Candidates for Governor Debate Future of Expanded Medicaid at Forum

15The campaigns of Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin have definitely heated up ahead of the November election for governor. On Thursday, the candidates debated at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

According to an article posted online from Ryland Barton of WFPL, the most heated exchange of the forum centered around the Affordable Care Act and the future of Expanded Medicaid in Kentucky.

Specifically, Conway accused Bevin “of wanting to kick 500,000 people off of health insurance, calling him ‘callous,’” Barton wrote, while Bevin replied that “he wouldn’t kick people off insurance, but rather to do away with the state-run health insurance exchange, Kynect, and move recipients onto the federal exchange.”

To read the full report, 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!