November 1

As thousands of Kentuckians without health insurance seek out information and shop for insurance coverage, I want to make sure that all consumers are vigilant of scams claiming to be associated with Kentucky's rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Scammers will use this opportunity to try and collect your personal and financial information, and I joined Gov. Steve Beshear at a press conference earlier this week to alert Kentuckians about this important issue.

On Monday, my office sent cease and desist notices to the operators of two websites reported to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. After entering data into the websites, consumers said they immediately started receiving non-stop phone calls seeking their information. Let me be clear, the only website Kentuckians should visit to enroll for healthcare coverage is kynect.ky.gov or healthcare.gov. Any website with a .com or .net at the end is a scam. My Office of Consumer Protection has put together a list of valuable tips that can help keep you safe from scammers. You can check those out here. Please protect your personal information, and if you notice anything suspicious report it by calling our Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-432-9257.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to travel to south-central Kentucky for two Keep Kentucky Kids Safe programs. It was such a great day catching up with the students at Barren County and Warren East high schools. We spoke to more than 2,000 students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Since 2010, we've reached nearly 30,000 students, teachers and parents with our program! I'd like to thank concerned parent Mike Donta, Barren County Drug Task Force Director Jeff Scruggs and Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken, who all took the time to join me as guest speakers at the schools. I also appreciate so many of the great public servants who attended the programs, as well as the school leaders who allowed us to come and share such an important message. You can view photos from both school events on my Facebook page. Next Friday, we'll be taking our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program to Woodford County High School.

While in Warren County, I also had the chance to speak with the Bowling Green Rotary Club. I really enjoyed meeting with some great friends and updating Rotarians on news from my office and how we can work together to move Kentucky forward.

Later today, I'll be joining U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan for an early learning town hall event in Williamsburg, Ky. Having access to affordable, quality early childhood education is incredibly important for our Commonwealth, and I'm looking forward to discussing ideas with Secretary Duncan about this issue during his visit to Kentucky.

Next week, I'll be talking with the AFL-CIO at its biennial meeting in Louisville, and I'll also be catching up with my radio friends across the Commonwealth. On Monday morning, I'll be on the air with WLGC in Ashland, WKDZ in Cadiz, WBVR in Bowling Green and WTTL in Madisonville. I'll also be talking with Terry Meiners on 84WHAS in Louisville on Wednesday. I hope you'll tune in if you're in those areas.