health departments across Kentucky starting in July as they deal with funding
shortages and changes.
Though the total amount of state funding to local health
departments has not gone down, the way it is allocated has changed. “Part of
the new formula took into account the population served and percentage of
population below the poverty level,” reports Beth Musgrave for the Lexington
Herald-Leader. Counties that serve more “working poor” — people who are
employed but don’t have insurance — were hit the hardest by the reformulation.
also affected funding because reimbursement rates went down. Meanwhile,
retirement and health insurance costs continue to go up.
Kentucky, all of which are funded partly by local property taxes, ranging from 1.8 cents to 4 cents per $100 worth of property. With the recession, local tax revenues have decreased, contributing to
in various counties surrounding Lexington. Local news outlets should look at what is
happening to health departments in their areas. (Read more)