The WFPL News Community Health project examines all aspects of health and healthcare in the region, from institutions to legislation to individuals. The Next Louisville project is a partnership of WFPL News, the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.



Here Are Some Average Costs For Common Medical Procedures in Kentucky

March 4, 2015

A national health care non-profit recently launched an online price transparency tool that may help people determine the cost of their next medical procedure. Read Story


Louisville Emergency Services Now a Single Agency

February 27, 2015

Metro Louisville's three emergency services departments have been consolidated into one agency, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. Read Story

KentuckyOne Opens Downtown Louisville ‘Health Lifestyle Center’

February 26, 2015

The downtown location, at 250 E Liberty St., will serve Louisvillians who live in the West End—where rates of heart attack, diabetes, obesity and hypertension are extremely high. Read Story


Kentucky’s Uninsured Rate Down To 9.8 Percent

February 24, 2015

Kentucky has the second greatest reduction in the rate of uninsured people among the states, according to the Gallup Healthways Well- Being Index released Tuesday. Read Story

School Breakfast and School Lunch at Washington-Lee High School Arlington, Virginia

Louisville Students Benefiting From Fresh Food Initiative, Report Says

February 24, 2015

Louisville students living in under-served neighborhoods are benefiting from a program aimed at helping them live healthier, according to a progress report released Monday. Read Story

Daniel Bell,32, listens to facilitator Priscilla Ewing during a class.

What Happens In a Louisville Smoking Cessation Class

February 22, 2015

For the next two months, we’re going to follow three Louisvillians as they try to kick the habit once and for all. Read Story

Figuring Out If A Doctor Is In Your Network Can Be Perplexing

February 17, 2015

"Is this doctor in my insurance network?" is one of the key questions people ask when considering whether to see a particular doctor. Unfortunately, in some cases the answer may not be a simple yes or no. Read Story


Gov. Beshear: Report Shows Benefits of Kentucky’s Medicaid Expansion

February 12, 2015

The Medicaid Expansion Report, compiled by Deloitte Consulting, analysed various impacts of the expansion through 2014. It also updated estimates from a 2013 whitepaper. Read Story


More Kentuckians Are Getting Health Insurance Through Their Jobs, Poll Says

February 12, 2015

Fifty percent of Kentucky adults are insured through their employer or their spouse's employer, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll found. Read Story

Jaye Allen speaks to a representative from Kynect while re-enrolling Alyssia Small in Passport.

How Kynectors Help Kentuckians Navigate Signing Up for Health Insurance

February 5, 2015

Allen and other assisters play a crucial role in the process of signing up people for insurance through health care exchanges. Read Story

Hackers Strike Health Insurer Anthem, Inc.

February 5, 2015

The country's second-biggest health insurer says cyber attackers infiltrated one of its IT systems and obtained personal information about current and former customers as well as employees covered by the insurer. Read Story


Why Young Kentuckians Don’t Sign Up for Health Insurance

February 2, 2015

Preston Holmes is a 25-year-old single father; he has a 6-year-old special needs daughter with a chronic health condition. Read Story


Kentuckians Have Mixed Views on Affordable Care Act, Poll Shows

January 29, 2015

Kentuckians have mixed views of the Affordable Care Act, according to a poll released today. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll revealed mixed views of the ACA, which is also known as Obamacare. Read Story