Health care is one of the most critical issues facing Kentucky today.
Health insurance costs for businesses and individuals have forced individuals to sometimes choose between food and health care. Industries are leaving our state or choosing to locate in more favorable market areas. Our elderly population simply can't afford needed medication. Nearly 500,000 Kentuckians have no health insurance at all. This results in a much sicker population than the rest of the country. Our Medicaid system is broken and is actually forcing seniors out of nursing homes.
We face a malpractice crisis with Kentucky identified by the American Medical Association as one of the 18 worst states in the country. A survey done by the Kentucky Medical Association found that we've lost 800 physicians in the last three years with 31 percent moving to neighboring states that have more favorable laws for liability insurance. Women have to travel many miles to have their babies delivered.