Healthcare unaffordable for 72% of Kentuckians, survey finds

On May 14, 2018, Kentucky Voices for Health hosted a meeting in Lexington focused on the affordability of healthcare for Kentuckians.  Lynn Quincy of Altarum explained the results of the survey.  A panel of patients gave real meaning to the cold figures, and several state legislators spoke.

A demonstration in Louisville across the street from the Humana Headquarters.
A demonstration in Louisville across the street from the Humana Headquarters.

Mirroring national trends, an alarming 72% of Kentucky adults report one or more healthcare affordability problems. These range from not being able to afford health insurance; delaying or foregoing healthcare (55%) to struggling to pay their medical bills (57%). One-quarter of all adults in Kentucky report being contacted by a collection agency about their medical bills, according to results from a survey of more than 900 Kentucky adults conducted by Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub.

Harriette Seiler and Kay Tillow of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care attended and distributed single payer information.

Here is the article by Kay Tillow about the meeting.  It is on the internet at Daily Kos where you can read it, see comments, and add your own.

The details of the survey are available here.   The Kentucky Voices for Health article on the survey and the May 14 meeting is here.


Brandi Jones, first SNaHP President at UofL Medical School, graduates.

 Brandi Jones MD

Brandi Jones MD

Brandi Jones, MD, is one of the founders of and the first president of Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

She has now graduated from medical school.

Congratulation, Dr. Jones!

In addition to her studies, she spent countless hours educating her colleagues about single payer, planning programs of outreach, and assuring that SNaHP would be continued by subsequent classes.

Kentuckians for Single Payer is grateful for her awesome work and wishes her the best as she goes forward to heal patients and a broken health care system.



Casper on Kentucky Candidates; Feeney on Single Payer in Taiwan

This week Mark McKinley interviewed Charlie Casper and Don Feeney for Single Payer Radio.

Charlie Casper and Mark McKinley staff the table at the Park DuValle Community Health Care Center's health fair.
Charlie Casper and Mark McKinley staff the table at the Park DuValle Community Health Care Center’s health fair.

Charlie Casper spoke about KSPH efforts to educate candidates and office holders on single payer healthcare.
Don Feeney DMD spoke about the Taiwan single payer system.

You can listen to the program here.

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care can be heard every week on Forward Radio, 106.5 FM on Wed 5pm, Thur 9am, and Fri 7am.

At those days and times, Single Payer Radio is also streamed live here.

Most of the Candidates in the 6th CD Speak for Single Payer

On Monday, April 23, 2018, there was a 6th Congressional district candidate forum at the Library in Lexington.

The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington, Lexington Public Library and Frankfort/Lexington Chapter of the LINKS Incorporated (videotaped for later viewing).

Here is the link to the video of the forum:

At 20:47 the moderator asks the question about health care.

Bill Mahan at his single payer booth in Lexington. He was joined by Kay Tillow and Harriette Seiler.
Bill Mahan at his single payer booth in Lexington. He was joined by Kay Tillow and Harriette Seiler.

Briefly, here’s what they said:

Rep. Reggie Thomas stated that we should move forward and implement a Medicare for All, single payer system.
Geoff Young said that he would sign on as a cosponsor of HR 676.
Mayor Jim Gray said that we need to improve what we’ve got.
Amy McGrath said that we need to fix the Affordable Care Act and add a public option and a Medicare Buy-In
Chuck Eddy said he opposes repeal of the Affordable Care Act and that we need to improve it.
David Kemph says he supports single payer but that it must be done in an orderly way by first combining Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA.
Theodore Green says he supports single payer but that the ACA needs to be tweaked and made a part of a single payer plan.

The segment on health care ends at 26:33.  If you listen to 6 minutes of the video beginning at 20:47 you can hear all of their statements on health care.

Determined Action Needed on Social Determinants

By David U. Himmelstein, M.D. and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H.
Annals of Internal Medicine, April 17, 2018

In 2015 and again in 2016, Americans’ life expectancy decreased, the first multiyear decline since 1962 and 1963. Even before this recent dip, U.S. life expectancy lagged behind that of most other wealthy nations. Meanwhile, as health policy leaders shift payment from “volume” to “value,” they have pointed to an upswing in virtually every quality metric they reward. In addition, journals announce a steady stream of life-prolonging technical advances.

If medical care is improving, why are patients doing worse?

Deteriorating social determinants of health—the key drivers of health status spotlighted in the American College of Physicians (ACP) position paper—probably underlie this paradox. For lower-income Americans, we have stalled, or even moved backward, on combating the root causes of morbidity and mortality.

Harmer, Flowers, Casper, McKinley, Tillow on Single Payer Radio

Listen here:

Jill Harmer talks about the PNHP conference
Dr. Margaret Flowers discusses the faux single payer plan of the Center for American Progress
(For Dr. Don McCanne’s analysis of the CAP Medicare Extra for All go here.)

Listen here:

Charles Casper, Mark McKinley, and Kay Tillow discuss the Senate bill introduced by Bernie Sanders, S 1804

Each week Single Payer is on Forward Radio, 106.5 FM: Wed 5pm, Thur 9am, Fri 7am