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.


Michael Arnott, of Cambridge, Mass., says he used to have trouble staying awake on long drives. Sleep specialists discovered he has obstructive sleep apnea, though not for the most common reasons — he isn't overweight, and doesn't smoke or take sedatives.

Snooze Alert: A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain

August 24, 2015

Research has shown that a lack of sleep increases a person's risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infections and maybe even Alzheimer's disease. Read Story


Study Examines Impact of Affordable Care Act on Kentucky

August 18, 2015

The State Health Access Data Assistance Center will be updating the information quarterly and compiling studies about coverage, access to services, quality of care, cost and outcomes in Kentucky. Read Story


Kentucky Will Get More Federal Funding to Fight Heroin Epidemic

August 17, 2015

The Office of National Drug Policy announced Monday that it plans to spread $2.5 million across 15 states to fight heroin abuse in high-intensity drug trafficking areas. Read Story


Kentuckians, Get Ready For Health Insurance Rate Hikes

August 12, 2015

The highest increase, by far, comes from the carrier designed to provide the most affordable plans. Read Story


Gallup: Medicaid Expansion, State Exchanges Mean Lower Uninsured Rates

August 10, 2015

The latest Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index shows that by Dec. 31, 2014, the uninsured rate declined 7.1 points in the 22 states that expanded Medicaid and started state-based marketplaces. Read Story


After 50 Years, Medicaid Continues to Help Kentuckians, Official Says

July 29, 2015

Fifty years ago Thursday, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid. into law, initially creating programs to provide health care to the elderly and the poor. Read Story


Kentucky Hospitals Fall Short on Stopping In-House Infections, Rankings Show

July 29, 2015

The report examines hospitals' capabilities to keep patients from contracting infections in hospitals. Read Story

A Conversation on Racial Disparities in Mental Health Treatment

July 20, 2015

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a designation made to enhance awareness about mental health illness among diverse populations. Read Story


Kentucky’s Health Insurance Exchange Gets Average Rating for Patient-Friendliness

July 16, 2015

The report, compiled by the National Health Council, used five key areas to determine how each states' insurance market promoted policies that best protect patients—non-discrimination, transparency, state oversight, uniformity and continuity of care. Read Story