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New Kentucky Laws Focus on Health Care, High-Speed Internet

Kentucky State Capitol

During the 2021 session the state General Assembly passed many pieces of legislation that will improve life for older Kentuckians. 

The new laws include changes related to health care, such as eliminating some charges to Medicaid beneficiaries that might discourage people from seeking medical help; requiring direct care workers to receive specialized training for the treatment of dementia patients; and capping insulin at $30 copays for participants in the state health insurance program or on Medicaid.

Other successful measures allow advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants to prescribe home health care services and formalize existing telehealth practices. 

Additional legislation that AARP backed included a bill providing $250 million to expand high-speed internet service into unserved and underserved areas and a law that increases access to voting by allowing three days of early voting, safe drop boxes, mega voting centers, an online absentee portal and a streamlined absentee-voting process.

Most of the laws took effect on June 29.

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