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Great health divide | EKU, Anthem partner to help tackle health care disparities in rural Ky.

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – We are continuing our coverage of the great health divide.

There was good news Thursday in the fight against health care disparities in rural Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky Univeristy and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield find solutions through scholarships for students in the EKU Nursing Program.

How will this help? Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will commit $ 92,000 in scholarships for eight nursing students, with the goal of serving rural Kentucky for three years after graduation.

According to health care researchers, about 100,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in the Commonwealth do not have sufficient access to a primary care provider. This is just a glimpse of the healthcare divide.

The eight scholarship recipients will solve the problem by providing primary care to around 4,500 Kentuckians who do not have access to health care.

We spoke with a student who will be returning to County Breathitt to help his community after graduation.

“It’s going to make me feel good because a lot of people have helped me over the years, my community, my family members, the community members and it’s really going to mean something for me to come back to be able to come back to. which was given to me by an Eastern Kentucky, ”said Allan Sloas, family practitioner nursing student.

The chairman of Anthem Medicaid said this investment was just the start. the company hopes to offer more scholarships in the future.

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