Dr. Tuckson's guests are David Yates, president of Louisville Metro Council, and Dr. Robert Couch, emergency department medical director at Norton Audubon Hospital. We follow Councilman Yates as he shadows Dr. Couch during a shift in the ER.
Why have middle aged, white Americans experienced a stunning rise in premature deaths due to alcoholism, suicide and drug abuse? An obvious place to look is the loss of work and economic status for the working class. But PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman, reporting from Maysville, Kentucky, finds that’s not the whole story.
Aetna, one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, will remove a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat opioid addiction. The change, which allows doctors to more quickly prescribe medications such as Suboxone to help patients with withdrawal, takes effect in March. It puts Aetna in the company of Anthem and Cigna, which both recently dropped the prior authorization requirement. From Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.
Examine the opioid epidemic and explore the treatment options available in Kentucky to those battling the disease of addiction. The program is narrated by Grammy-winning recording artist and Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson.
Low-wage workers with job-based health insurance were significantly more likely than their higher-income colleagues to wind up in the emergency department or be admitted to the hospital, a new study found. Low-wage workers were also much less likely to get preventive care such as mammograms and colonoscopies, according to the study published in the February issue of Health Affairs. From Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.
This town hall forum brings together policy makers, treatment providers, law enforcement, and influencers to discuss ways to battle the opioid crisis. Guests include John Tilley, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Human Services; Charlotte Wethington, who works with the grass-roots group People Advocating Recovery; Nancy Hale, President and CEO of Operation UNITE; Emerson Goodwin, corporate regional director of KentuckyCare; and Tara Moseley, who works with Young People in Recovery. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Nicolas Ajkay, a surgical oncologist in the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville.
In spite of decades of advancements in health care, diet and safety, white Americans are now living shorter lives, a trend that has surprised experts. PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman reports out of Maysville, Kentucky, an area struggling with an increase in addiction, overdoses and suicide.
Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act was a top priority for President Donald Trump during his campaign. But there are hurdles -- both economic and in the expectations of the millions who are now covered. PBS Newshour economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from Kentucky, a region that's seen one of the biggest drops of the uninsured rate in the country due to Obamacare.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Michael Rust, FACHE, president and CEO of the Kentucky Hospital Association, and Patrick T. Padgett, executive vice president of the Kentucky Medical Association. The guests discuss how Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has cut uncompensated care in Kentucky and brought more people into the health care system.