A new poll shows Kentuckians are becoming increasingly aware of the commonwealth’s health issues and willing to act on them.
The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted annually by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The latest poll for last year was just released this week and found many Kentuckians worry about childhood obesity and depression.
The poll also found mixed results when it comes to universal health insurance. Every region found 80 percent or more of citizens favored health care for everyone. But less than 50 percent in every region said they were favorable to the health care reform law Congress passed a few years ago.
Foundation CEO Susan Zepeda says the polling shows people approve the concept, but has issues with certain parts of the law.
“I think what they’re telling us is either that they are uncomfortable with the Affordable Care Act, they’re not aware of what it contains, or they think it may have approaches that aren’t consistent with their preferable approaches to solving those access and cost problems,” she says.