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Neighbors appointed to HHS Delivery task force

From Laura Leigh Goins

Frankfort, KY - Rep. Amy Neighbors of Edmonton will serve on the Kentucky General Assembly's Health and Human Services Delivery Task Force, according to an announcement on May 31, 2023, from the office of House Speaker David Osborne. Legislative leadership created the panel to focus on issues pertaining to health and human services delivery, as well as identifying both areas of improvement and potential solutions.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services contains scores of agencies, offices, and programs aimed at protecting the health of all Kentuckians and providing services to help individuals meet basic needs like housing and food, particularly for our most vulnerable. As you can imagine, it is a multi-billion expenditure in the budget legislators write, so we have a vested interest in ensuring the state's resources are invested well.

"I want to thank Speaker Osborne for appointing me to this important task force which will look at ways to improve health and human services for all Kentuckians," said Neighbors. "It is important to know what additional services the Cabinet for Health and Services needs to help improve the countless programs they provide to people across the state. I look forward to what recommendations this task force will provide and am excited to participate in these conversations that will help ensure services are delivered in the most effective and efficient way. "

This task force began its work during the last interim and will continue to study the organizational structure, operations, and administration of programs, policies, and procedures within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to determine if or how services can be delivered more effectively and efficiently. In addition, task force members will continue the legislature's work to ensure public programs created to provide safety nets do not prevent individuals from returning to the workforce or becoming independent.

"During the 2023 Regular Session, we addressed the juvenile justice crisis, lowered taxes, protected our public pensions, ensured access to reliable and resilient energy sources, and increased access to lifesaving medical services. We also passed legislation aimed at improving workforce shortages in health care, education, and law enforcement and moved to protect parent's rights and ensure the individuals and institutions our children rely on are acting appropriately," Osborne said. "These accomplishments are the result of a productive interim. Our objective is to come into each session with an agenda aimed at building a brighter future for the people of our commonwealth. Task forces like this one have proven to be a vital tool, providing us with an opportunity to focus on issues as they develop."

Task force members will meet throughout the 2023 Interim and submit their findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 4, 2023, for referral to the appropriate committee or committees.

Neighbors serves the state's 21st House District, which includes Adair, Cumberland, Metcalfe, and Monroe County. In addition, the task force, Neighbors will serve on the interim joint committees on Agriculture, Health Services, and Transportation.

This story was posted on 2023-05-31 13:10:19
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