ky state fair 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/9/14) — Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information about Governor Steve Beshear’s new health initiative and updates about the state’s health benefit exchange at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services exhibit.

The fair is Aug. 14-24 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, and the CHFS exhibit will feature information to help support the strategies of Gov. Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative, which prioritizes the well-being of Kentucky’s citizens and sets several health goals for all Kentuckians.

CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes said kyhealthnow challenges individuals to take meaningful steps toward improving their health.

“For many of our agency's fair guests, meeting with a counselor or getting a screening at a relaxed environment like the State Fair can be a first step toward that goal,” she said.

The exhibit will also include experts who can answer questions about the state’s health benefit exchange, known as kynect: Kentucky’s Health Care Connection. The exchange, a key element of the federal Affordable Care Act, was launched last year.

Haynes said that the event is a great chance for kynect experts to educate the public about how to enroll in or make changes to a health insurance plan through kynect. The next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15.

“Even if they’ve successfully enrolled, some people have concerns about their health coverage, and exhibiting at the fair lets us answer visitors’ questions about the process to insure their families and employees,” she said. “Because of kynect, a healthier future for Kentucky is here.”

Since Oct. 1, 2013, kynect has helped more than 521,000 Kentuckians enroll in healthcare coverage through private insurance plans or Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Visitors to CHFS’ fair display can learn about other services from an array of rotating program exhibitors.

The interactive display, which will be located in the Health Horizons section of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, will feature learning activities for children and adults, free screenings and on-site health educators who can speak one-to-one about wellness and prevention.

Haynes said staff working at the fair will encourage guests to make good lifestyle choices. Guests can learn more about chronic disease prevention and management, child support enforcement, abuse reporting and prevention, nutrition, immunization recommendations, finding quality child care, health literacy and more.

Staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings and body fat analyses will be available on several days.

Health screenings are not a replacement for regular doctor visits, but, paired with counseling, they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional.

One the fair’s Senior Day - Tuesday, Aug. 19 - staff will provide free stroke screenings, including blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol tests. Also that day, staff from the Department for Community Based Services’ Adult Protective Services Branch will answer questions.

In the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors with the Rock and Relax room, sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Baptist East Hospital. Parents can stop by to privately and comfortably nurse, feed or change their infants and learn about breastfeeding and baby safety.

Listed below is a calendar of daily and featured programs. Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 15, tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

To learn more about kyhealthnow, visit governor.ky.gov/healthierky/kyhealthnow.

For more information about kynect, log on to kyenroll.ky.gov.

To learn more about CHFS programs, log on to chfs.ky.gov.

For more information about the fair, visit kystatefair.org.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2014 State Fair Schedule

Featured Daily

  • kynect: Kentucky’s Health Care Connection
  • Free Blood Pressure Screening and Counseling

Thursday, Aug. 14

  • Nutrition
  • Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Arthritis and Falls Prevention
  • Adoption and Foster Care Information
  • Family Planning and Adolescent Health
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Friday, Aug. 15

  • Nutrition
  • Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Adoption and Foster Care Information
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Immunizations – Prevention for All Ages
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • Health Literacy
  • Adoption and Foster Care Information
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program
  • Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University -- 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Monday, Aug. 18

  • Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Colon Cancer Screening Information
  • Kentucky Health Information Exchange – Learn More About Electronic Health Records
  • Child Support Information
  • Finding Quality Child Care (STARS for KIDS NOW)
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Tuesday, Aug. 19 (Senior Day)

  • Free Stroke Screenings (Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure) – 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Adult Protective Services/Adult Safety
  • Arthritis and Falls Prevention
  • Kentucky Health Information Exchange – Electronic Health Records
  • Child Support Information
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • Environmental Lead Prevention
  • Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
  • Asthma
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Thursday, Aug. 21

  • Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University -- 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
  • KASPER – Prescription Drug Prevention
  • Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Hepatitis Treatment and Prevention
  • Diabetes Prevention and Management – Ask a Diabetes Educator
  • HIV Prevention
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Friday, Aug. 22

  • Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University -- 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
  • Immunizations – Prevention for All Ages
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Women’s Health – Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment and Prevention
  • Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Saturday, Aug. 23

  • Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information
  • Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

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