(LOUISVILLE, Ky - June 9, 2020) The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by Gov. Beshear that his administration will work to ensure that all African Americans in Kentucky have health insurance:
"The health of the people of our Commonwealth is a tale of two cities - of two populations - one is Kentucky's African American population who suffers highly disproportionate economic hardship and chronic illness," said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "The overwhelming reason for that is centuries of discrimination. We applaud Gov. Beshear's pledge to connect every one of Kentucky's approximately 20,000 uninsured African American residents with health care coverage. In solidarity, we promise to work closely with the administration and communities across the state to ensure that African Americans in Kentucky get the health care they need to prevent illness and live longer, healthier lives."
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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth