Lisa Gillespie (KPR)

WFPL Reporter

Lisa Gillespie is WFPL's Health and Innovation Reporter. Most recently, she was a reporter for Kaiser Health News. During her career, Gillespie has covered all things health — from Medicaid and Medicare payment policy and rural hospital closures to science funding and the dietary supplement market.

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A statewide program that provides home visits to new and expectant parents received $7.5 million from the federal government, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced on Friday.

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Louisville pediatrician Michelle Elisburg recently saw a 10-year-old patient who had started acting out in school, couldn’t stop fidgeting and was exhibiting other behavioral problems. Elisburg thought perhaps the 10-year-old had ADHD, and started the process of diagnosis. But first, she asked the child’s grandmother about what was going on at home.

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New research from a local student-led mental health group paints a complicated picture of mental health perceptions of Kentucky students.

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Kentucky’s Department of Public Health launched a campaign to urge Kentuckians to prepare for disasters. It’s called “First 72 On You.”

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Last month, 22-year-old Sam Klein opened up her fridge and made a startling discovery: her last vial of insulin was shattered. Klein has Type 1 diabetes, which means without insulin she could die.

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A consumer advocacy group is asking the federal government to halt a clinical trial that will involve patients at the University of Kentucky. The nonprofit group Public Citizen sent a letter Tuesday to the federal Office for Human Research Protections, raising concerns about a trial to measure two treatments for sepsis, the tenth leading cause of death in Kentucky.

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  Kentucky officials on Monday heard from the public on proposed state regulations that would go into effect if the federal government approves controversial Medicaid changes, also known as Kentucky HEALTH.

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Dania Palanker wanted to find out what kind of short-term health insurance plan she could get, a plan that only lasts for three months and can cost much less than some Obamacare exchange plans. On a website, she plugged in her age, 43, and listed her location as Louisville. Of the results, Palanker said one of the seemingly better plans costs $393 a month, which she said is much cheaper than she could get on an Obamacare exchange.

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A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin against 16 Kentucky residents. Those residents had earlier sued Bevin in a separate court, asking a judge to declare Bevin’s Medicaid changes illegal.

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Medicaid enrollees who lost dental, vision and non-emergency medical transportation on July 1 will have those benefits restored, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. That state agency manages Medicaid, the health insurance program for people with low-income and disabilities.

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