Get Ready for Children’s Advocacy Week at the Capitol

  In less than two weeks, Kentucky Oral Health Coalition along with advocates from across the state will unite to raise their voices on behalf of children’s safety, health, education, and economic well-being at Children’s Advocacy Week. This year the 17th annual gathering hosted by Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) will be held virtually February 1 - 5. KOHC supports the health policies and budget priorities on the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children. Among these priorities is [...]

By |2021-01-20T12:14:10-05:00January 20th, 2021|Blog|

Updates on 2021 Medicaid Changes for Kentucky Kids and Families

January 1st marked the start of new Medicaid plans for 2021. This year, there are several changes and updates to the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) providing health, behavioral health, and oral health coverage for Kentuckians.  A new MCO, United Healthcare, has been approved and began providing coverage in 2021. Any new Medicaid members who did not select an MCO have been automatically assigned to United Healthcare. United Healthcare has also been designated as the primary [...]

By |2021-01-15T11:41:52-05:00January 15th, 2021|Blog|

COVID-19 Update from KOHC

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.  During this uncertain time, KOHC is dedicated to monitoring the latest updates and recommendations from the CDC, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Governor Beshear, and key oral health organizations state and nationwide. We will continue to share information and engage the oral health community. We encourage you all to take steps to ensure your own safety and that of your loved ones, and the [...]

By |2021-01-14T08:33:52-05:00January 14th, 2021|Blog|

Local Tobacco Control and the Importance for Oral Health

As Kentucky’s 2021 General Assembly kicks off this week, many policy items from KOHC’s policy agenda will be filed as bills for consideration. Among these priorities is expanding local control to allow city and county governments the option to regulate the use, display, sale, and distribution of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This policy will allow city and county governments to respond to their local needs and tailor their ordinances to these needs. City and county [...]

By |2021-01-08T11:47:34-05:00January 8th, 2021|Blog|

KOHC 2020 Annual Meeting Recap

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition members and oral health stakeholders from across the state convened virtually for the 2020 Kentucky Oral Health Coalition annual meeting on Friday, December 11. We kicked off the meeting with a message from our sponsor, Avesis, about dental coverage updates as it relates to Manage Care Organization plans (MCO). Dr. Julie McKee, the Kentucky state dental director, provided updates about dental care in Kentucky during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact [...]

By |2020-12-17T14:46:59-05:00December 17th, 2020|Blog|

Top 3 Reasons to Celebrate the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

There are 43 state-based oral health coalitions in the U.S. Not every state has the support of a state-based coalition, fortunately Kentucky is home to the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC). Residents of Kentucky can be confident that KOHC is a dedicated advocate in the pursuit of lifelong oral health for everyone. In 2010, KOHC formulated a vision to engage partners across the state and formed a collaborative oral health campaign designed to educate parents, [...]

By |2020-12-15T15:30:03-05:00December 15th, 2020|Blog|

KOHC 2021 Policy and Budget Priorities

The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is a group of oral health professionals, advocates, and stakeholders with a collective voice to improve oral health for all Kentuckians. A cornerstone function of KOHC is policy advocacy. Each year members have an opportunity to help shape and prioritize a policy agenda to improve oral health. To help form this policy agenda, KOHC supports the health policies and budget priorities on the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children. In addition, members [...]

By |2020-12-15T11:58:42-05:00December 14th, 2020|Blog|

Medicaid & Supporting Youth in Foster Care

Kentucky’s youth in foster care are a vulnerable population who need access to comprehensive health coverage. Youth in foster care and who have aged out of foster care have disproportionately high rates of serious physical, mental, and behavioral health issues. They are more likely to have health issues that affect their day-to-day functioning and more likely to need psychological and substance use counseling. Many youth formerly in foster care live at or below the poverty [...]

By |2020-12-15T11:39:06-05:00December 10th, 2020|Blog|

Health Highlights from the 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book

Across the Commonwealth, in urban and rural settings, children and families of all races and ethnicities experienced significant challenges in 2020. Kentucky Youth Advocates recently released the 30th edition of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which sheds light on the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice on children and families. Also, the data book highlights the most recent data across 17 measures of child well-being including data for all [...]

By |2020-12-03T17:01:26-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Blog|

Open Enrollment 2021 is Here!

The 2021 open enrollment period for health insurance begins November 2, 2020 and goes through December 15th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage to low-income Kentucky families, pregnant women, and children in foster care. This coverage provides Kentuckians access to receive routine health care services and care when [...]

By |2020-11-09T15:23:08-05:00November 4th, 2020|Blog|
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