Regarding Senate Bill 89 which would require barrier-free access to FDA-approved smoking cessation programs, through an insurance mandate, Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation said:

"If anyone wants to quit smoking, we ought to help them do it, instead of throwing up roadblocks. Senate Bill 89 will improve health in Kentucky and save taxpayer money. Congratulations to Senate Health and Welfare Committee members, including sponsor Sen. Julie Raque Adams, who unanimously passed the bill this morning."

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $26 million in health policy research and advocacy, as well as demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at


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