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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-10

Gov. Andy Beshear: kynect Enrollment Begins Nov. 1 for 2024 Health, Dental Benefits

Today, Gov. Beshear announced that beginning tomorrow Kentuckians can shop and enroll for health and dental coverage on the state-based marketplace, kynect.

Enrollment is open Nov. 1, 2023, through Jan. 16, 2024. Kentuckians who sign up on or before Dec. 15, 2023, will have a coverage start date of Jan. 1, 2024. Those who sign up on Dec. 16 through the last day of enrollment will be eligible for coverage that starts on Feb. 1, 2024.

Kentuckians who don’t have coverage through another source, such as through an employer, Medicaid, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare or TRICARE, can start shopping tomorrow for individual coverage on kynect. All plans offered on the marketplace cover 10 essential health benefits, including emergency services, hospitalization, lab services and prescription drugs. All plan types also cover certain preventive services at no cost, and no one can be dropped from coverage or have their premiums increased because of health issues.

In 2020, Gov. Beshear relaunched kynect to help ensure more Kentucky families have access to the best information about their health plans and benefits.

“Health care is a basic human right – and every Kentucky family deserves to be able to see a doctor and receive treatment when they are sick,” Gov. Beshear said. “By removing barriers to care, we are helping Kentuckians not only stay healthy and live their best life, but we are also supporting our workforce. We know that when people don’t feel good, it hinders their ability to seek and maintain a job.”

Four carriers will offer health plans: Anthem, CareSource, Passport by Molina Healthcare and WellCare of Kentucky. Passport by Molina Healthcare will expand by 22 counties, and WellCare will expand by 26 counties. Anthem and Best Life will offer dental plans. An expanded number of plans have been certified for 2024 and all counties have at least two carrier choices, with most having three choices and many now having four choices.

Carrie Banahan, deputy secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, encouraged consumers to visit kynect.ky.gov for plan details. “There’s more to plans than the monthly premium,” she said. “Make sure your doctors and other clinicians are in their network. Check out whether your favorite pharmacy is among their preferred.”

Not all plans are the same, Banahan said. In 2024, some plans offered have added features or benefits, including enhanced diabetes coverage, fitness memberships and vision benefits. Telehealth is covered by all plans at differing out-of-pocket costs. Kentuckians still have access to the more generous financial assistance originally made available as part of the American Rescue Plan. More plans are available, and this continued financial assistance keeps costs to families lower.

Open enrollment in a qualified health plan also overlaps with other annual open enrollments, including Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries may make changes through Dec. 7 and enrollment choices take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

For kynect enrollment assistance, visit kynect.ky.gov or call 855-459-6328. You may also get help at your local Department for Community-Based Services office, from a kynector or a licensed health insurance agent.

Since Gov. Beshear took office, he has fought for affordable and accessible health care coverage for every Kentucky family, regardless of where they live or how much money they make.

During his first week in office, Gov. Beshear worked to expand access to critical health care for nearly 100,000 Kentuckians by eliminating governmental roadblocks. And in an effort to improve maternal and child health outcomes, in May 2022 the Governor announced that Medicaid coverage would expand to a full 12-month postpartum period. In October 2022, the Governor also announced a new initiative to help boost workforce participation by improving health coverage in the critical areas of dental, vision and hearing.

The Governor has also supported many pieces of legislation to expand care, including measures that have capped the cost of lifesaving insulin for many Kentuckians; expanded access to mental health care through telehealth; increased mental health support for first responders and students; created a lung cancer screening program and improved the quality of mental health treatment; enhanced stroke care and provided access to the lowest-cost medicine.

The Governor has also taken steps to support Kentucky hospitals, including this year, when he signed legislation to provide $1.8 billion in Medicaid funding for outpatient hospital services.

During Gov. Beshear’s term, the state is also seeing health care services expand across the state. For example, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and Norton Healthcare are making a historic investment in West Louisville. Soon, life-enhancing programs, including the first hospital built west of Ninth Street in more than 150 years, will open.

Two Vehicle Crash at 55 and Lone Valley on Wednesday

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at approximately 1437 hours, the Campbellsville Police Department responded to an injury accident at the intersection ofKY 55 and Lone Valley Road.

A 2011 Kia passenger car, operated by 43-year-old Sonja Hughes of Campbellsville, was traveling south and made a left turn off KY 55 onto Lone Valley Road, into the path of a 2022 Toyota SUV. The Toyota SUV was traveling north, operated by 59-year-old Kathleen Bottoms of Greensburg. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, due to damage. Hughes wastransported to Taylor Regional Hospital by

CTCEMS for possible injuries.    

 

Date:   10/25/2023                                Time: 1437 hours

 

Location: KY 55 / Lone Valley Road

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville Fire/Rescue, CTCEMS, Taylor County Sheriff Department, Taylor County Fire Department, KSP

 

Investigating Officer:  Officer Ian McCullough

 

Man Remains In Critical Condition after Hit & Run Accident

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023 01:02 PM. Campbellsville Police received a call of a Hit and Run auto collision with injuries on Peterson Street, in the area of Tucker Street.   

Through the investigation it was learned, a bicycle operated by 47- year old Ronald Vanheck of Campbellsville, was traveling South on Tucker Street collided into the side of a 2002 Black Tahoe traveling north on Peterson Street, operated by 30-year old Haley Golden, also of Campbellsville. Golden then left the scene without rendering aid to Vanheck. Golden was later located and was charged with the following.

Failure to Render Aid

Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree

Vanheck was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS and later flown to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.  

Mobile Home Destroyed, Multiple Pets Died in Tuesday Morning Blaze In Taylor County

Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to 1567 Sullivan School Rd for a structure fire Tuesday morning at 10:26am, upon arrival firefighters found a double wide mobile home heavily involved, firemen were on the scene for over two hours extinguishing the fire.
 
No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported however, there were multiple pets in the residence that did perish.
 
Units Responding: Engine 60, Engine 62, Engine 63 and Tanker 65 with 9 Firefighters
Assisting Agencies:
Summersville Fire Department
Campbellsville Taylor County EMS
Campbellsville Taylor County 911 Dispatch

Accident in LaRue Injures Three Taylor Countians Friday Night

Two vehicle were involved in a Friday evening accident in LaRue County, Big Dawg news has learned that vehicles driven by Miranda Osinger of Campbellsville and Randy Prewitt of Jeffersonville collided at the intersection of Bailey road and highway 61. Prewitt was not injured, Osinger and passengers Marcella Osinger and Brenna Osinger all of Campbellsville were taken to the hospital, the friday night mishap was investigated by the LaRue County Sheriffs Office. 

Kentucky State Police Investigates Fatal Collision on KY 1464 in Green County

On October 12, 2023 at approximately 6:18 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on KY 1464 near Emmett Hines Road in Green County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Geoffrey Knight, age 79 of Greensburg, was traveling east on KY 1464 in a 1997 Chrysler Town & Country when he slowed his vehicle to make a right turn.  A BMW motorcycle being operated by Cody Pierce, age 25 of Greensburg, was also traveling east on KY 1464 and approached from behind Mr. Knight's vehicle, colliding with it.

Mr. Pierce was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Green County Coroner.  Mr. Knight was treated at the scene by Green County EMS for minor injuries. 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Green County Sheriff's Office, Green County Fire and EMS, Green County Rescue Squad, and Green County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Dean Lunz.

Missing Person at Speck Ridge Has Been Found Safe in Wooded Area

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a missing person at 3365 Speck Ridge road, upon arrival, firefighters interviewed the reporting party and coordinated with Taylor County Sheriff Department. Searchers gathered lost person information and preformed a hasty search of residence and hasty search of roadways without finding the individual.

Firefighters then preformed detailed search operations systematically using lost person behavior information, a search team located the missing individual in heavy brush in a wooded area, the patient was located conscious/alert but did require transport to TRH. 

 

Firefighters Responding:6

 

Responding Apparatus: Rescue 1, Squad 1, Ranger 10 and Chief

 

Assisting Agencies:

Campbellsville Taylor County 911 Center

Campbellsville Taylor County EMS

Taylor County Emergency Management

Taylor County Sheriff Department

 

Mutual Aid Partners En-route To Scene

Breeding Fire Department

Marion County Rescue

Valley Creek Fire Department 

Motorcycle Accident Tuesday at Knifley sent a Woman to the Hospital

Adair County Sheriffs Department investigated a motorcycle accident on highway 76 Elkhorn road at Knifley Tuesday morning at 10:49am, sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg news that the preliminary investigation indicates that 60-year-old Mary Spencer of Connecticut was traveling north her Harley Davidson motorcycle, when a dog ran onto the roadway, Ms. Spencer attempted to miss hitting the dog but was unable to do so and struck the animal, the bike then laid down, ejecting the operator into a ditchline. 
Adair County EMS transported Ms. Spencer to TJ Health Columbia.
Adair County Deputy Jason Camfield investigated the collision and was assisted on scene by Sheriff Josh Brockman.

Man Charged in Burglary at Campbellsville University Field House

On Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at approximately 7:13 am, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a burglary at the Hord’s Field House on Campbellsville University Campus, a Campbellsville University coach had entered the building and located a male inside, while the coach was calling the police, the male fled on foot, officers arrived on scene and subsequently located the male suspect outside the building.

It was determined that the male had entered the building at approximately 10:30 pm on Monday night,  while inside, the male had ransacked and destroyed several rooms, stole a small amount of cash, and some items of clothing.

Officer Chris Milby arrested 18-year old Gabriel Z. Adams of Campbellsville and charged him with;

Burglary 3rd degree

Public Intoxication

Theft by Unlawful Taking

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023             Time: 7:13 am

 

Location: Campbellsville University’s Hord’s Field House

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Chris Milby and Aaron Fields

 

Taylor County Native Has Died from Injuries Received in Thursday Accident on the LBN Cumberland Parkway


An Adair County woman has died after an accident on Thursday, October 5, 2023 on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in Adair County.

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman tells 99.9 The Big Dawg that  Adair County 911 received multiple calls of a vehicle rollover accident around the 48 mile marker of the LBN Parkway. Deputies Chandler Staten and Josh Durbin arrived on scene to find the operator Amy McFall, age 24 of Columbia (a native of Campbellsville), had been ejected and was partially pinned under the vehicle. A 2-year-old male juvenile was also located inside the vehicle restrained in a car seat.

 

Deputies, along with the first initial responders and passing motorists who had stopped, were able to pick up the side of the vehicle enough to free McFall from underneath the auto and EMS began life-saving measures.

 

McFall was transported to TJ Health Columbia and then airlifted to the UK Hospital in Lexington. The child, who was properly restrained in a child restraint seat, was treated and released with just a minor scratch on his forehead. 

 

The preliminary investigation shows that McFall was traveling west on the Parkway in a white 2002 Chevrolet Suburban when she lost control of the vehicle and entered the grass median between the east and west lanes of travel. McFall's vehicle then slid back onto the roadway and went into a rollover, resulting in the operator being ejected.

 

K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten is leading the accident investigation and was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin and Sheriff Josh Brockman.

 

In addition to the ACSO, other agencies responding to the scene were Adair EMS, Adair County 911, Adair County Emergency Management, Columbia Police Department, Columbia-Adair County Fire Department and Kentucky State Police.

 

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office extends its prayers and sympathy to the family of Amy McFall.  May God give you strength in these coming days as you deal with the loss of your loved one.

 

 

Potential Candidates for Circuit Court Clerk in 2024 Must Register For Exam by Nov. 17

FRANKFORT, Ky., Oct. 2, 2023 – Kentuckians who want to run in the 2024 election for the office of circuit court clerk must register for the required exam by Friday, Nov. 17.

 

The exam has been revamped under a Supreme Court administrative order (order at bit.ly/scorder13). It now consists of 150 questions about material in the Circuit Court Clerks Manual, Circuit Court Clerks Accounting Manual, Circuit Court Clerk Code of Conduct and Judicial Branch Personnel Policies. A general knowledge section has been eliminated from the exam and the code of conduct has been added.   

 

The Administrative Office of the Courts will administer the exam Saturday, Dec. 2, at the AOC building in Frankfort. Examinees have three hours to complete the exam and must score at least 70% to run for office. Current circuit court clerks do not have to take the exam.

 

To obtain exam materials now and register starting Oct. 16, visit bit.ly/clerkexam.

 

Voters in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties will elect a circuit court clerk in 2024. More information is available on the Kentucky Secretary of State website under Elections at www.sos.ky.gov.

 

Circuit Court Clerks
Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts. Circuit clerks are constitutionally elected officials from all 120 counties and serve a six-year term. They provide professional recordkeeping, receive money due the courts, pay money to required parties and the state, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, maintain the jury system, administer oaths and handle affidavits.

 

Administrative Office of the Courts
The AOC is the operations arm of the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 employees and 413 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. The AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.

 

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