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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Kentucky schools could soon get assistance from the federal government to help pay for school counselors and other health providers.

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Dennis Pond doesn’t tell his psychiatrist about his thoughts of suicide. But he has them. He often feels useless, in large part because his diabetes has caused terrible pain and numbness in his feet, and that affects his ability to drive, to help out around the house, to even go out in the yard.

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Abortion is perhaps one of the most polarizing issues in Kentucky. In 2014, about 57 percent of Kentuckians said the procedure should be illegal in all or most cases, according to the Pew Research Center

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Getting to Anne Polston’s house is a journey: first, you have to get to Liberty, a town about two hours southeast of Louisville. Then, there’s a winding eight-mile road that’s largely one-lane, and sometimes just gravel.

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A proposal by Kentucky health officials to ban tattooing over scars is drawing criticism from some doctors and tattoo artists.


It's a rainy spring evening in Louisville, less than two weeks from one of city’s biggest events: the Kentucky Derby. On May Fourth, people from across the U.S. and world stream into town to watch a day of horse racing.


U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a bill raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 across the country.

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A judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of a Kentucky health department that temporarily banned unvaccinated students from attending school and related activities after school officials said there was an outbreak of the chickenpox. Lawyers for the students say they plan to appeal the decision, and other local health departments are watching the situation closely.  

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Kentucky ranks 9th nationwide in the rate of foster kids living in group homes or institutions. And while the percentage of foster kids in group homes increased between 2007 and 2017, the rate of these kids in family settings grew more slowly. That’s according to a new report out Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Kentucky’s plan to require some Medicaid enrollees to work won’t roll out next month as planned. Wednesday a federal judge blocked its implementation. This was the second time Governor Matt Bevin and the federal government defended the changes to the insurance program for people with low-incomes.