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Health Coverage Information, Wellness Tips Available at State Fair; State agency invites public to interactive display on Aug. 15-25

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 12, 2013  
Revision Date:  Monday, August 12, 2013 
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3465  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2013) – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information about the state’s new health benefit exchange at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.

A key element of the federal Affordable Care Act, the Commonwealth’s health benefit exchange is known as kynect: Kentucky’s Health Care Connection. A website – kynect.ky.gov – features fact sheets and frequently asked questions to help educate Kentuckians and small businesses shopping for health insurance, as well as inform insurance agents who have questions about participating in the program. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1, and runs through March 31, 2014. Coverage begins as early as January 2014.

The fair is Aug. 15-25 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, and CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes said that the event is a great chance for experts to educate the public about how to enroll in a health insurance plan when the time comes.

“We understand that some people have concerns about finding health coverage, and exhibiting at the fair lets us answer visitors’ questions about the process to insure their families and employees,” she said. “It’s time that everyone knows a healthier future for Kentucky is on the way.”

Kynect is expected to help more than 600,000 uninsured Kentuckians get coverage through private insurance plans or Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP), said Carrie Banahan, executive director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange, which administers kynect.

“As open enrollment draws closer, public education about the exchange is a top priority,” she said. “With our daily presence at the state fair, we can reach more people with information about kynect – a simple, one-stop marketplace for health coverage options.”

Banahan said individuals will be able to select health coverage through an enhanced version of the kynect website when open enrollment begins. A toll-free hotline to answer questions will launch on Aug. 15.

Visitors to CHFS’ fair display can also learn about other services from an array of rotating program exhibitors.

The interactive display, which will be located in the Health Horizons section of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, will also feature learning activities, free screenings and on-site health educators who can speak one-to-one about wellness and prevention.

Haynes said staff working at the fair will encourage guests to make good lifestyle choices. Guests can learn more about child support enforcement, abuse reporting and prevention, nutrition, immunization recommendations, finding quality child care, health literacy, and more.

Staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings, and body fat analyses will be available on several days.

Health screenings are not a replacement for regular doctor visits, but, paired with counseling, they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional.

Elder Kentuckians will be in the spotlight on Senior Day, Tuesday, Aug. 20, when staff from the Department for Aging and Independent Living, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office and the Department for Community Based Services’ Adult Safety Branch will answer questions.

In the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors with the Rock and Relax room, sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Baptist East Hospital. Parents can stop by to privately and comfortably nurse, feed or change their infants and learn about breastfeeding and baby safety.

Listed below is a calendar of daily and featured programs. Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 15, tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

To learn more about CHFS programs, log on to chfs.ky.gov.

For more information about the fair, visit kystatefair.org.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2013 State Fair Schedule

Programs Featured Daily
• kynect: Kentucky’s Health Care Connection
• Free Blood Pressure Screening and Counseling

Thursday, Aug. 15
• Nutrition
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Environmental Lead Safety
• Oral Health Information

Friday, Aug. 16
• Nutrition
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Public Health Preparedness
• Immunizations – Prevention for All Ages

Saturday, Aug. 17
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University -- 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
• Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Information
• Hepatitis Prevention Program
• Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP)

Sunday, Aug. 18
• Health Literacy
• Arthritis and Falls Prevention, Bone Density Self-Assessment
• Radon Awareness and Testing Information
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information

Monday, Aug. 19
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University -- 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
• Colon Cancer Screening Information
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Tuesday, Aug. 20 (Senior Day)
• Aging and Independent Living/Long-Term Care Ombudsman
• Adult Protective Services/Adult Safety
• Kentucky Health Information Exchange – Electronic Health Records
• Colon Cancer Screening Information

Wednesday, Aug. 21
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University -- 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
• Diabetes Management – Ask an Educator

Thursday, Aug. 22
• KASPER – Prescription Drug Prevention
• Child Support Information
• Women’s Health

Friday, Aug. 23
• Tobacco Cessation
• Immunizations – Prevention for All Ages
• Child Support Information
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)

Saturday, Aug. 24
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University -- 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information
• Finding Quality Child Care (STARS for KIDS NOW)

Sunday, Aug. 25
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information

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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.



 

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