Tobacco-Free Schools for Kids Now and in the Future

We are members of the Monroe County CARES Youth Prevention Ambassadors. We are drug prevention advocates from south central Kentucky. Our group works to reduce use of tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and marijuana among our peers. One area that our group has had a lot of success in is tobacco prevention. Each year we participate in the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Kick Butts Day and we do media campaigns with newspaper articles, ads, radio PSAs, and [...]

By |2019-03-21T11:42:08-05:00January 29th, 2019|Blog|

New Medicaid Co-payment Policy Took Effect on January 1st

As the state moves forward with changes to the Medicaid system through a 1115 Medicaid Waiver, a new and separate Medicaid policy took effect on January 1strelated to co-payments for Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion eligible recipients. Co-payment is an amount of money people pay to a healthcare provider for a health service, such as an office visit or prescription medication. The amount differs depending on the services received and is often paid the day of [...]

By |2019-01-17T20:46:54-05:00January 17th, 2019|Blog|

KOHC 2018 Annual Meeting Recap

KOHC members and oral health stakeholdersfrom across the state gathered together for the 2018 Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Annual Meeting on Friday, December 14. We kicked off the meeting with two exceptional keynote speakers, Drs. Khanna and Chalmers. Dr. Raj Khanna, oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Marshall University, presented on his work in West Virginia around ER utilization for dental related issued. Dr. Natalia Chalmers, dental officer with the Center for Drug Evaluation & Research, Division of Dermatology & Dental Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, presented [...]

By |2019-01-07T13:24:29-05:00January 7th, 2019|Blog|

KOHC Statement on Federal Re-Approval of the 1115 Medicaid Waiver

  This summer, a federal Judge halted implementation of the Bevin Administration's 1115 Medicaid Waiver, known as, Kentucky HEALTH, and yesterday, the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued its re-approval. We appreciate that the 1115 Waiver protects children, pregnant women, former foster youth up to age 26, and adults covered through SSA 1931 from the potential negative impacts of premiums, reduced benefit packages, and lockout periods. However, the re-approval of Kentucky HEALTH will [...]

By |2019-03-21T11:41:10-05:00November 21st, 2018|Blog|

Celebrating Dental Hygienists Across the Commonwealth

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and we’re celebrating dental hygienists across Kentucky! Dental hygienists play a critical role in helping children and adults by examining signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, educating patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health, and providing preventative services such as providing fluoride varnish, removing of plaque, and cleaning.  However, the Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study Kentucky Youth tells us that many kids aren’t getting the dental [...]

By |2019-03-21T11:42:20-05:00November 14th, 2018|Blog|

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Statement on New Health Coverage Data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Louisville, KY – New health insurance data released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the percent of people with health insurance (of all ages) in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.6 percent in 2017. Kentucky continues to have the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from the American Community Survey also revealed that 96.2 percent of Kentucky children under 19 had health insurance in 2017, [...]

By |2019-03-21T11:38:15-05:00September 13th, 2018|Blog|

Action Alert – Submit Comments on the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver

As oral health advocates, we are counting on you to raise your voice by submitting public comments to CMS on the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver. Recently, a federal judge halted implementation of the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, also known as Kentucky HEALTH. The Bevin Administration is seeking re-approval of Kentucky HEALTH by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) before it can be implemented. CMS has opened an additional 30-day public comment period [...]

By |2018-08-01T09:41:35-05:00August 1st, 2018|Blog|

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Statement on Restoration of Medicaid Expansion Dental Benefits

Oral health is an essential component to the overall health and well-being of children and their families. Given our historic issues with poor oral health in Kentucky, we have made strides towards improvement in oral health by increasing access and preventive services. These are reasons why Kentucky Oral Health Coalition executive committee members are glad to see the Bevin Administration’s commitment to restore an essential benefit, such as dental coverage, to Medicaid expansion adults retroactive to July [...]

By |2019-03-21T11:38:33-05:00July 19th, 2018|Blog|

Update on Denial of Dental Coverage

We are sharing an update regarding an email we sent out yesterday about unintentional denial of Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries. Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has informed us the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has NOT changed any policies relating to the eligibility of pregnant women and children and the denials were related to confusion created by unfamiliarity with the new platform and the hasty transition. CHFS has identified examples where providers have misinterpreted computer screen eligibility [...]

By |2018-07-06T16:47:15-05:00July 6th, 2018|Blog|

Kentucky Oral Health Statement on Errors in Denying Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women

July 5, 2018 - Statement Contact: Mahak Kalra mkalra@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *114 Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Statement on Errors in Denying Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women Louisville, KY – We have heard directly from multiple KOHC dental providers across the state that Medicaid changes over the past few days have resulted in the denial of routine dental care of eligible children and pregnant women. Though these populations were supposed to be protected from coverage changes, errors have meant that children who [...]

By |2018-07-05T16:34:00-05:00July 5th, 2018|Blog|