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KET’s New PBS LearningMedia Site Offers Expanded Resources on Youth Mental Health

KET’s New PBS LearningMedia Site Offers Expanded Resources on Youth Mental Health

KET’s new webpage in its PBS LearningMedia portal offers the entire “You Are Not Alone” series on youth mental health as well as additional resources to give educators, advocates, parents, and peers the tools they need to reach young people with mental health challenges and improve their lives.

Federal Data Shows Opioid Shipments Ballooned as Crisis Grew

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Federal Data Shows Opioid Shipments Ballooned as Crisis Grew

The Associated Press reports on newly released federal data that revealed how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows that companies distributed an increase of over 50% in opioid pills to commercial pharmacies during the timeframe. During the same span, prescription opioids contributed to more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Explaining the Trump Administration’s Move to Halt a Drug Pricing Reform Plan

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Explaining the Trump Administration’s Move to Halt a Drug Pricing Reform Plan

Laura Santhanam of PBS NewsHour discusses a decision by the Trump administration shelving a proposal to reform the drug rebate system. The Trump administration initially suggested that the reform measure would decrease the cost of medications, but the change of plans could be a good thing, analysts and advocates explain. Here’s what the White House and health policy experts are saying about the significance.

Why Current Court Battle Represents Existential Threat to Obamacare

Why Current Court Battle Represents Existential Threat to Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act is again facing a critical legal challenge, as a federal appeals court in New Orleans considers a lower court’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Justice Department isn't defending the law, but Democratic lawmakers and officials are. On PBS NewsHour, John Yang talks to Axios' Sam Baker about the legal test and how the law's provisions extend beyond individual health insurance.

How Medicare Can Be Used for People with Disabilities

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How Medicare Can Be Used for People with Disabilities

In his latest Making $ense blog, PBS's Philip Moeller answers readers' questions about Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, including one from a mother whose disabled son qualifies for Medicaid but needs added benefits offered through Medicare.

Why So Many Insured Hospital Patients Are Surprised By Out-of-Network Bills

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Why So Many Insured Hospital Patients Are Surprised By Out-of-Network Bills

About 1 in 6 Americans were surprised by a medical bill after treatment in a hospital in 2017 despite having insurance, according to a study published June 20. On average, 16% of inpatient stays and 18% of emergency visits left a patient with at least one out-of-network charge. Read more in this report from Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour on the study based on large employer insurance claims.

The Case for a Nutrition Revolution

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The Case for a Nutrition Revolution

In the run-up to NewsHour Weekend’s special series, ‘The Future of Food’, Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Amanda Little, writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, about her new book, "The Fate of Food" that focuses on the global challenges and possibilities in food production and nutrition.

Why Children Struggling with Mental Health Say Stigma Can Be Deadly

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Why Children Struggling with Mental Health Say Stigma Can Be Deadly

A new documentary produced by Milwaukee PBS in collaboration with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel follows four young people from Wisconsin who are navigating mental health challenges. They’ve endured assault, bullying, incarceration and discrimination, and in some cases considered suicide. Yet through it all, these children in crisis have survived. This preview aired on PBS NewsHour in June 2019.

The Dangers of Smoking While Pregnant: One Mother’s Story

Smoking and Health

The Dangers of Smoking While Pregnant: One Mother’s Story

As part of a campaign to reduce smoking among pregnant mothers, the Centers for Disease Control brought Amanda from the Tips from Former Smokers Campaign to the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Ky., to put a spotlight on the high rates of smoking and pregnancy in the area and promote the release of new "Tips" ads. This video is from KET's Smoking and Health initiative.

Jenean Hampton’s Advocacy for Youth Suicide Prevention

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Jenean Hampton’s Advocacy for Youth Suicide Prevention

Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton discusses her activism in addressing youth mental health and suicide prevention.