I hear through the grapevine that the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs could be closing its Ashland office. The agency, according to its website, has the mission of enhancing the quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs through quality service, leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration.
One of the many programs the agency provides is a highly successful hearing aid program which will be shuttered in Ashland.
Since many/most providers don’t accept Medicaid for all of the services the agency provides, this means patients will have to drive to the program’s Morehead clinic – some 65+ miles away.
- The Ashland office, located at 5850 US 60, serves the counties of Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Lawrence and Magoffin.
- The Morehead office, at 214 W. First Street, serves the counties of Bath, Bracken, Campbell, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Morgan, Montgomery, Pendleton, Robertson and Rowan.
Agency staff tell us, on the condition of anonymity, that the clinic is closing because it costs more to operate than the revenue it receives. That’s the word from the Bevin crew. Which… duh? This isn’t a business we’re talking about – it’s a state-run program focused on children with special health care needs. It’s not supposed to generate revenue. Staff tell us they’re concerned that the most impoverished patients won’t receive the services they need because they will not be able to find a provider and won’t be able to travel. Their concerns have been repeatedly stressed in Frankfort, falling on deaf ears.
This whole kids first thing turns out to be empty rhetoric.
Yet another Bevin disaster his evangelists will ignore.