Important Medicaid / Homeless Information

The Kentucky Health Medicaid waiver goes into effect on July 1.  Family Health Centers-Phoenix will work to help ensure that homeless individuals maintain their Medicaid coverage. 

A crucial aspect for homeless individuals is Medically Frail (MF) status.  If an individual is deemed MF, they are exempt from work requirements and premiums for (up to) a year.  One of the categories that qualifies someone to be MF is chronic homelessness.  The original regulations used HUD’s definition of chronic homelessness but the state has said this has changed to three months of homelessness within 12 months (although we have not seen the final wording of this).

An individual can self-attest to being homeless which allows them immediate coverage (assuming all other eligibility requirements are met).  However, if they do so, it is only good for 6 months and an individual can only self-attest once every 5  years.  If a Medicaid-billable provider submits a Medically Frail Provider full Attestation form of homelessness instead, it is good for one year and can be renewed annually.  So…for individuals who are not in an immediate medical need situation, we plan to recommend they not self-attest for coverage if they have a provider who can submit the Medically Frail full attestation form instead (based on Provider observation, patient self report, health/HMIS records). 

We believe it will take (at minimum) 3-5 days for a full MF attestation to be processed, approved and show in the applicable health care systems.  But, if able to do so, this will allow the individual the ability to save their self-attestation if needed in the future.  We feel this will be of particular importance to our homeless population as they are at even higher risk of Medicaid insurance gaps and loss of coverage given all the multiple new ways to lose coverage starting 7/1/18.

Feel free to contact Andy Patterson if you have any questions and for further updates at:

Andy Patterson, Ph.D., MSW

Director of Homeless Services

Family Health Center--Phoenix Health Care for the Homeless

712 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Louisville, KY  40202

502-569-1670; 502-569-6206 (fax)


Scam caller promises 75 percent discount on an island vacation and complimentary food, gift/s.

This is the time of year for many tax refunds. Families are planning their all-time dream family getaway. As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida and the Bahamas.

Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls.

"The right thing for Kentuckians to do is resist the temptation to quickly book a vacation they have supposedly qualified for or won," said Beshear. "Always verify and research a travel agency before providing personal or financial information."

Beshear said not all vacation deals are a scam and offers the following tips to help Kentuckians spot and avoid scams.

  • Watch for high-pressure tactics where a caller wants you to act quickly and pay upfront booking fees.

  • Obtain booking and reservation confirmation numbers directly from the cruise company rather than the travel agency or agent.

  • Do not send money via wire transfer, gift cards or cash.

Beshear said his office works to stay ahead of scammers by alerting Kentuckians when new and trending scams are reported in Kentucky. Kentuckians can sign up to receive Scam Alerts by texting the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311), or enroll online at

To report a scam to the Office of the Attorney General dial 888-432-9257 or file a consumer complaint online.

Health Matters: Learning about the Seven Chakras

We are surrounded by energy and it is absorbed into the body through the seven energy centers called "Chakra's." Each of the main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is constantly moving, it's essential that our chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there's a blockage, energy cannot flow and causes an imbalance in the physical body which can create disease and/or other negative manifestations, leaving the body feeling drained, fatigued, and emotionally distressed. When they are in balance, the body can then enjoy good health and well-being.

First Chakra is the Root chakra

The symbol of the root chakra is composed of a four-petaled lotus flower, often stylized as a circle with four petals with a downward-pointing triangle. The downward-pointing triangle is a symbol of spirit connecting with matter, grounding on the earth and our earthly existence, in our bodies. It’s seen as the center of our vital life force and is the seat where kundalini (the arising of an energy and consciousness which has been coiled at the base of the spine since birth and is the source of the life that everyone knows). The force stays coiled, dormant until it wakes up to distribute its energy through all the other chakras.

This chakra is about your history, your traditions, how you were raised. It speaks to how safe you feel in the world. Its energy primarily affects the health of your legs and physical strength, the kidneys, adrenal glands, colon, legs, bones, and spinal column, It also affects the hip joints, the base of the spine and overlaps pelvis areas. It is the center through which we experience: grounding to material world, basic instinct, security, "fight or flight", will to live. When blocked: insecurity, anger, fear, greed, constipation, unworthiness, no vitality, violence, spinal tension, kidney problems, arthritis, leg problems can occur.

To learn more about the root chakra, visit

Stay tuned to learn about the second chakra "Sacral Chakra"

CALORIE MAMA: An Instant Food Recognition App.

Calorie Mama is a smart camera app that uses deep learning to track nutrition from food images using 3 simple steps:


  • Simply snap a food photo and get the nutritional information of your meal.

Calorie Mama App is powered by SNAP API (Smart Nutrition Analysis Platform). SNAP API is based on the latest innovations in deep learning and image classification technology to quickly and accurately identify food items.


  • SNAP API accuracy constantly improves as new food images are added to the database.

Our SNAP API has been trained on cuisine from all over the world and is the most culturally diverse food identification system on the market.


  • SNAP API is connected to our vast food database. Every food item recognized by SNAP is paired with detailed nutrition information.

Developers using SNAP API can build detailed nutritional user profiles and recommend customized diets.

To Download the App: visit


The Smoketown Neighborhood Plan is available for you to view.  This Neighborhood Plan is a compilation of community voices documented by graduate students from the University of Louisville Master of Urban Planning Program, and supported by the Smoketown Neighborhood Association. Those involved in the documentation of this planning process include: Project Management | Eric Matravers, Kendra Harruff Community Engagement | Hannah Crepps, Brian Wortinger Data & Research | Jaime Crawford, Willow Dietsch, Wyatt Knuzman, Grant List Plan Document | Kendra Harruff, Jaime Crawford Class Instructor | Dr. Kelly Kinahan Smoketown Neighborhood Association | President, Randy Weber

The vision statement and draft recommendations are based on themes that have emerged in discussions with the community about current and future assets, priority issues, and their overall hopes for the future. We offer these draft recommendations as a starting point. In moving forward, we suggest additional community engagement that will allow residents to add, edit, or create their own vision statement, and directly build their own goals, objectives, and policies which will make up their final Smoketown Neighborhood Plan document.





It is our pleasure to share with you the release of the 2017 Louisville bHealth Equity Report.  Especially glad that the challenges our communities face are made clear with some straightforward facts - and that the city is now being pushed to work on root causes. Access to resources and healthy foods are among the problems at the root of our health disparities. 

In Louisville, health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy and reach their full human potential. A person’s identities, whatever they may be, should not predict how long or how well one will live. 

Click here to view the HEALTH EQUITY REPORT


Know The Risk Of Smoking

Taking charge of your health should be the most important action you will take. What will be your reason WHY to quit?

What is secondhand smoke?

Secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke, involuntary smoke, and passive smoke) is the combination of “sidestream” smoke (the smoke given off by a burning tobacco product) and “mainstream” smoke (the smoke exhaled by a smoker) (14).

People can be exposed to secondhand smoke in homes, cars, the workplace, and public places, such as bars, restaurants, and recreational settings. In the United States, the source of most secondhand smoke is from cigarettes, followed by pipes, cigars, and other tobacco products (4).

The amount of smoke created by a tobacco product depends on the amount of tobacco available for burning. The amount of secondhand smoke emitted by smoking one large cigar is similar to that emitted by smoking an entire pack of cigarettes.

To learn more visit the National Cancer Institution


What is thirdhand smoke, and why is it a concern?

Answers from J. Taylor Hays, M.D.

Thirdhand smoke is residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. People are exposed to these chemicals by touching contaminated surfaces or breathing in the off-gassing from these surfaces. This residue is thought to react with common indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix including cancer-causing compounds, posing a potential health hazard to nonsmokers —, especially children.

To read more Click here


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There is a hepatitis A outbreak in Louisville.  The outbreak was declared in November of 2017.  To date there have been 252 cases and 1 death associated with this outbreak.  The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness continues to work to control an outbreak of acute hepatitis A that has centered in the city’s homeless and among those who use illicit drugs.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by a virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.  The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.