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Your voice matters! By telling your health care story, you are joining thousands of other Kentuckians who want to have a say in the policy decisions that affect their health. Whether about your experience with Medicaid, surprise medical bills, SNAP, or the Affordable Care Act, KVH invites you to share your story to amplify our impact.

 

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Calloway County, KY
42036

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. I am a single mother of five, teacher, and my students, children and I would not have survives without the PEBT assistance. I Chair the Soup for the Soul board and we double our delivery numbers as other places were forced to close. The middle class was hit the hardest. They don’t qualify for many programs and needed extra assistance during…

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KY, KY
40220

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My daughter is an independenet travel agency owner. The pandemic has resulted in no travel; consequently, she has no income. She is financed by comission that is paid after the clients travel. Currently she has rescheduled many travelers multiple times. Her work load has increased geometrically with no compensation what so ever. As a result of this, she is closing her…

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Pike, KY
40295

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. It’s hard finding cash to buy food on a daily basis to feed my family! I do not have enough money coming in monthly in disability benefits to pay all my Bill’s plus pay rent every month! Families are expected or forced to do virtual school at home for kids, how are we supposed pay for internet to do school. Families…

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Fayette, KY
40541

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Due to job loss, we got behind on rent. Had to take out a loan to pay because none of rent relief programs were moving fast enough What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Support in keeping folks healthy and safe

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Calloway, KY
42020

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. We were planning to buy a house, but we are waiting because my hours at work are not secure due to COVID related changes. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? I think we mostly have what we need.

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Kenton, KY
41015

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My husband had ALS which prevented us from having visitors or company during this time. He used Telehealth for appointments. It was a deep layer of worry on top of his having ALS. I used no caretaker help for 4 months, relying only on myself which was very hard. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself…

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Boyle, KY
40422

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. COVID-19 has affected our family financially because I am an assistant teacher at a school that was closed on March 13th and haven’t worked since. But the bigger impact has been on my son’s mental health. He is 15 and has ADHD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. His concern for his own safety and that of anyone he comes in contact with…

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Fayette, KY
40509

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My nephew has been to the emergency room 9 times. Suffers from loss of income What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Stay home, social distance, wear mask, continue human dislogue through zoom

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Fayette, KY
40510

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Will Mitch McConnell ever see the harm Trump is creating see it and speak it Senator! I Worried about my family members. A false positive results created a cancellation of family member attend school in Texas. Concerned for young family in boot camp. Will my grandsons be able to finish high school? Worry the worst is yet to come, what about…

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Lee, KY
41311

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Due to having a family member in our home with a compromised immune system we have had to limit exposure to the outside world. So with that being said work is limited so therefore money is limited. We used the first stimulus to pay off and buy what we could to make it through this. A second stimulus would be a…

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Russell, KY
42642

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My income and then the income of my customers which, in turn effects my income again…i.e. when low & middle class consumers have extra spending money-they spend it, increasing money into the economy and increasing profits for service industry businesses and individuals. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Money.

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KY, KY
40220

What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? A national mask mandate; penalties for not wearing one. take it seriously.

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Jefferson County, KY
40203

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. As a schoolteacher, I can see firsthand that Congress MUST appropriate more money for schools. If McConnell wants kids back in school in person, he should put the money where his mouth is. Enough Kentuckians have died. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? More funding for schools and cities…

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KY, KY
40223

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. The largest impact on our family has been the anxiety around having the primary wage earner being in the at risk portion of the community. Knowing that 70% of the family income could be lost in the event of hospitalization or death is tough. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this…

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Metcalfe, KY
42166

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Have had to limit visits to grocery, doctors, and family. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? The stimulus payment I was supposed to get the first time, and my federal tax refund

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Jefferson, KY
40218

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. For me, the COVID-19 crisis has merely inconvenienced me but to many people whom I know, every day is crisis concerning health, work and constant survival. Many of my friends and relatives have on-going health conditions and shaky finances and work situations. Some are ghastly afraid for a parent or sickly family member catching this disease because some idiot won’t use…

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Union, KY
42437

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Homebound for six months!!! What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Citizens wearing masks!

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Breathitt, KY
41390

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My wife and I are both in the high-risk age category. I am a cancer survivor and she has an autoimmune disease. As a teacher, I am concerned for my health when our public school begins having students back in the building. We stay at home as much as possible now so as to not risk exposure to the virus. What…

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Ohio, KY
42354

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Can’t afford to get my car fixed or keep groceries. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Health care and grocery money.

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Jefferson, KY
40244

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Everyone in my family lost their job. My partner, my daughter, myself, my brother, and half of my friends. Permanently gone. Businesses closed. We’ve been helping each other as much as possible but now people are losing their homes. We’re frightened & extremely disappointed to find out that apparently, you do not care one iota about the suffering out here in…

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Jefferson, KY
40222

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. I am in cancer treatment and COVID severely limits my ability to be with my family. I worry about my adult children who are trying to support their minor children and worry about the children’s health and education. I am so very disappointed that this pandemic is deeper and longer than it needed to be because of the lack of leadership…

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Jefferson, KY
40206

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. I was laid off in March. Initially unemployment came through. then it stopped . For two months I couldn’t get a hold of anyone. With some outside help someone from UB called and said I’d answered one question wrong. I was so relieved. Then the extra $600 stopped that I was depending on. I get very little weekly benefit because they…

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Fayette, KY
40509

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Our child has lost their job and will be moving back to KY from Boston. My 88 year old mother has not been out of her home since March. I am afraid to go shopping for groceries. My anxiety has gone through the roof. My husband has high blood pressure and is 67, in a high risk category. What do you…

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Kenton, KY
41053

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Mask compliance is very varied and sometimes low. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? The Republican Party and Trump to take it seriously, really promote mask and social distancing compliance without the wink, wink.

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Laurel, KY
40755

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. I quit job scare and been 10 weeks no unemployment no money gas take son school What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Unemployment utility bill shut off not loss everything got

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Lincoln, KY
40448

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. We worry about having enough money to pay our bills and not getting behind which if we do, it ends up costing us more in late fees. We have to make tough decisions on what we can and cannot afford like shelter vs electric, water, or food vs medicine. This is all because jobs have been lost, or if your lucky…

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Kenton, KY
41011

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Because of my health issues I have not been farther than a block from my house since March. My only surviving child only started living away from home in the fall and has not been able to come home since Christmas break. We worry about him because he’s teaching at UK. I’m proud of him but I’m terrified for him. What…

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Woodford, KY
40383

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My son was given a false positive. Because of that our whole family was quarentined. which did not need to happen. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Accurate information, based on science

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Harrison, KY
41031

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. We are in a high risk age group. Our 18 month old grandson is medically fragile. His 4 year old sister should be going to Preschool. She will not get to go. She will have to basically miss this year because the risk is too great for us and her little brother. A better handle on this Virus, as other countries…

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Jefferson, KY
40208

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Job is gone. Probably not coming back soon or at all. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Medicaid and my job back.

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Kentucky (KY), KY
42051

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. I think each of us have had trouble sleeping. We have been raising our 8 yo grandsonsince he was 14 months old. Fortunately my wife and I have a solid foundation. I think our willingness to share burdens has made all the difference. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic?…

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KY, KY
40601

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Every aspect of life has changed. It’s a never ending anxiety that family members will get sick and die alone. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? To be able to stay home and not get sick

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Shelby, KY
40057

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My parents are small business owners and their company was shut down for over a month due to COVID-19. It was an incredibly difficult and stressful time, as their income dropped to $0. Because they are self-employed, it was a very long process for them to apply for unemployment benefits. Additionally, my mother tested positive for COVID-19.

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Oldham, KY
40059

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. We have both been laid off and unemployment has not come through for my boyfriend. It has been nearly two months and we have hardly any income so we had to apply for EBT. We worry about getting evicted daily. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? A reliable source…

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Kenton, KY
41011

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. Loss of employment is the main one really. I’m a performing artist, and since the music industry is closed, I really have no work What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Basically, we can’t work right now because our entire industry is closed. The main things for me would be…

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Kentucky, KY
40006

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My husband’s salary was reduced. I own a business and had to put it on hold until at least through the end of 2020. We are very careful about how we spend money because we don’t know if we will have a pay check or health benefits in the future. We are financially safe, at the moment, but we don’t know…

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Breckinridge, KY
40153

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. We are just more stressed out. I have been fortunate to continue working and to often work from home, but neither of us are young. Both my wife and I are higher risk for serious consequences from covid-19. We have not been able to visit family including my mother who is 79 and our daughters because of the risk of illness….

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Whitley, KY
40730

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My sister in law had to close her rural health clinic because her patients would not have access to Internet or Video Chat devices, so without steady patients the only rural medical clinic in Nancy, Pulaski County closed, forever. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? Better internet in rural…

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Rowan, KY
40313

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. My hours have been drastically cut (3 hours per week) because of the pandemic. I work part time, but since I am 70 and have a husband with health issues, I was advised by my doctor and my employer to work from home. My part-time job helps with unexpected expenses and prescriptions. My employer is a small business trying to hang…

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Scott, KY
40511

Tell us more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you or your family. The mental stress of it all. Staying in the house all the time has made me more depressed. Telehealth appointments are great temporarily but I need that face-to-face periodically. That isn’t possible at this point. What do you need to stay healthy and take care of yourself or your family during this pandemic? More support both physically and monetarily and mentally.

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