April 25, 2014

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Beware of any Affordable Care Act scams Print E-mail

Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an increase in fraudulent activity related to the launch of the Affordable Care Act. The open enrollment period began October 1 and scammers understand that many Americans are confused about their rights and responsibilities with the new program.

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Obamacare applications aren't as easy as you might think Print E-mail

Several months ago agents started to receive training materials and began to attend classes and seminars to learn how to assist citizens to complete the Affordable Care Act (ACA) application on www.kynect.com. After several hours of classes and passing several levels of testing, agents could become certified to assist.

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Conservation District Board of Supervisors to hold meeting Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Conservation District Board of Supervisors will hold their regular October meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15. Meeting place has been changed to the Pendleton County Extension Office located at 45 David Pribble Drive, Falmouth.

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BBB warns: Don't get tricked buying Halloween treats! Print E-mail

Looking to buy or rent a costume for Halloween? You are not alone! According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.9 billion this year.

When shopping at seasonal, temporary Halloween stores, and especially last-minute, it’s important to exercise caution. Better Business Bureau is advising shoppers to know the red flags and read the fine print to avoid fly-by-night costume venders. Even if the store has a returns policy, you should go in with the assumption that whatever you buy is yours to keep, no matter what.

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2.6 million page views on kynect website for affordable health insurance Print E-mail

In its first Saturday of operation, thousands of people clicked on kynect.ky.gov to get accurate information about affordable health insurance. Visitors have viewed more than 2.6 million web pages on kynect since the state’s online health benefit exchange launched on Tuesday.

More than 6,000 Kentuckians and families now have new affordable health insurance, thanks to kynect.

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College scholarships available for students affected by prescription drug abuse Print E-mail

The chances of two Kentucky high school seniors who've seen their lives impacted by prescription drug abuse going to college just got better. That's thanks to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, some professional organizations and donations from individuals.

Conway has announced two $1,500 college scholarships will be available.

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Dramatic decrease in percentage of Kentucky teens illegally using prescription drugs Print E-mail

The percentage of Kentucky teens using prescription drugs for off-label purposes has dropped dramatically over the past four years, a new survey has found.

The 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) School Survey found that use of prescription drugs without a doctor’s specific direction to do so has decreased steadily among sixth, eighth, tenth and 12th graders  since 2004. The declines have been the most significant since 2008, when the Commonwealth intensified its efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

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October proclaimed Breast Awareness Month Print E-mail

In an effort to increase breast cancer awareness and encourage women to get screened, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear announced October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Kentucky.

“Every year, more than 2,800 Kentucky women are diagnosed with breast cancer; thousands of others are affected by knowing someone who has suffered with this disease; and everyone should be aware of how to prevent and detect this life-threatening illness,” said Gov. Beshear. “We know that early detection through regular screenings is the key to successful treatment, and we ask you to take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by encouraging someone you know to get screened.”

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Recognizing the signs of problem drinking Print E-mail

While there has been growing attention in recent years to issues such as under-age drinking, college binge drinking and drunk driving incidents, for many of us there may be real issues related to alcohol consumption that are more personal and closer to home.

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Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul: Kentuckians not buying Obamacare Print E-mail

On Tuesday, the law we’ve come to know as Obamacare officially went online. The federal government can now force you to buy a product it wants you to buy – one that will cost more than it ought to. And, if you don’t like it, tough; the feds will just hit you with punitive taxes.

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