HEALTH

Facing Pressure, Insurance Plans Loosen Rules for Covering Addiction Treatment

PBS NewsHour

Facing Pressure, Insurance Plans Loosen Rules for Covering Addiction Treatment

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.

Journey to Recovery

Journey to Recovery

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.

Treatment Gaps Persist Between Low- and High-Income Workers, Even With Insurance

PBS NewsHour

Treatment Gaps Persist Between Low- and High-Income Workers, Even With Insurance

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.

Inside Opioid Addiction Forum

Inside Opioid Addiction Forum

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.

Diagnosing a Suspicious Breast Mass

Kentucky Health

Diagnosing a Suspicious Breast Mass

Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Nicolas Ajkay, a surgical oncologist in the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville.

‘Deaths of Despair’ Cut Life Short

PBS NewsHour

‘Deaths of Despair’ Cut Life Short

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.

The Costs of Repealing Obamacare

PBS NewsHour

The Costs of Repealing Obamacare

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.

Medicaid Expansion: What Does It Mean for Kentucky

Kentucky Health

Medicaid Expansion: What Does It Mean for Kentucky

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.

Cancer Immunotherapy Has Life-Saving Powers – and Limits

PBS NewsHour

Cancer Immunotherapy Has Life-Saving Powers – and Limits

For some patients, the body’s own natural immune system is being used to fight their cancer. Meet a woman who has lived years past her doctors’ prognosis, thanks to the emerging field of immunotherapy. Then Hari Sreenivasan discusses the promise and limits of the treatment with Matt Richtel of the New York Times and Jeff Bluestone, director of the UCSF Hormone Research Institute.

Medical Review Panels for Malpractice Claims

Kentucky Tonight

Medical Review Panels for Malpractice Claims

Renee Shaw and her guests discuss medical review panels, which, if they become law, would assess malpractice claims before they are allowed to go to trial. Guests: State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, vice chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson; State Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington; and State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills.