Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State”, a nickname based on the bluegrass, a species of grass found in many of its pastures. One of the major regions in the state is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky, which houses two of its major cities, Louisville and Lexington. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world’s longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River.
Kentucky’s economy has expanded to importance in non-agricultural terms, especially in auto manufacturing, energy fuel production, and medical facilities.
Even though this particular state has an economy that could be considered a good one, they have created programs especially designed for single mothers. These also help the population included in the low-income group. Following, you will find several of them in details:
- Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-Tap)
Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) is the monetary assistance program established by Kentucky using Federal funds from the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) block grant. K-TAP provides financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children in Kentucky and the parents, or relatives, with whom the children are living. K-TAP also helps families find jobs or get training that leads to a job.
A family can only get K-TAP for 60-months (5 years) in a lifetime. Every month that a family gets K-TAP it counts toward the 60-month limit. A family does not have to get K-TAP for 60-months straight. For example, a family can get K-TAP for 24-months and stop. Later, the same family can still get 36-more months.
K-TAP payments to families are based on family size and income. In addition to the monetary grant, K-TAP recipients may also be eligible for supportive services such as childcare and transportation assistance through the Kentucky Works program. Relocation Assistance is also available to qualified K-TAP recipients, as are the educational bonus, work incentive bonus, and Employment Retention Assistance.
- Kentucky Medical Program
The Kentucky Medical Program is intended to provide medical and health-related assistance to low-income individuals and families who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. Generally, the program serves people aged 65 or older; blind or permanently disabled people; members of families with dependent children; children in foster care homes; pregnant women; and individuals under age 21 in psychiatric hospitals.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky, a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low or very low income. If you are considered very low income, you must also be pregnant, have a child(ren) with a disability, or be responsible for children under the age of 19 years.
To apply to the Kentucky Medical program, please visit this link.
- Kentucky Children´s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
The Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) provides free or low cost health insurance for Kentucky’s children. KCHIP covers everything from checkups to prescriptions, from broken bones to booster shots, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dental care, hospital care and more.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident.
To download or request an application, to get more information on the application process, and find phone numbers to call with questions, or to call for assistance with the application, please visit this website.
- Kentucky Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Kentucky’s eligibility requirements.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Kentucky during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.
- Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (Hands)
Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (Hands), supports families as they build healthy, safe environments for the optimal growth and development of children.
Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (Hands) is a home-visiting program for pregnant moms-to-be and new parents that supports all areas of your baby´s development. Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (Hands) will support you throughout your pregnancy and the first two years of your baby´s life. From pregnancy to the terrific tows, Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (Hands) will be here to answer all your questions during different stages of your baby´s growth. Enrollment must be done during pregnancy or when your baby is less than three months old.
To enroll in HANDS, you must contact the local HANDS service in your area.