Agencies & Organizations Offering Benefits to Local People

The following is a list of agencies and organizations that participated in the recent Eastern Kentucky Benefits Assistance Fair put on by MCHC, and the organizations listed here provide a wide range of benefits and services to local people.  Click an organization’s name below for more information about their work, to find out how you could potentially sign up, and contact info.  If you are an organization providing benefits to folks in WMMT’s listening area and would like your information listed here, get in touch with us at [email protected].

Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of KY (AppalRed)
U.S. Department of Labor
Eastern KY Concentrated Employment Program
Harry M. Caudill Library
Hazard Community and Technical College
KY Career Center Employment & Training
KY Housing Corporation
KY River Health Department
Letcher County Fiscal Court
Letcher County FRYSC
Letcher Co. Health Department
Letcher Co. Area Technology Center
Letcher County Public Schools
LKLP and WIA Program
Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation
MCHC Respiratory Clinic of Eastern KY (Black Lung)
Senior Community Service Employment Program
Southeast Community College
Veteran’s Affairs
Well Care


Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of KY (AppalRed)          

Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD Legal Aid) is a private non-profit law firm which provides free civil legal representation in a region of more than 225,000 people living in poverty. We are the largest legal aid organization in Kentucky and serve a 37 county region in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern and South Central Kentucky. We are funded by federal, state, local, and private monies. AppalReD’s continued representation of the poverty stricken population has provided significant benefits to the communities.

AppalReD helps approximately 6000 clients each year and charges no fees. However, a client might have to pay court costs. AppalReD is funded by federal, state and local funds and private donations. In some cases, services may be provided by a private attorney who has volunteered their time or who has contracted with AppalReD to provide services on a reduced fee.

AppalReD’s primary focus is to assist in obtaining the basic necessities of life, i.e., income, adequate food and health care; decent, safe, and sanitary housing, and the protection of assets; guarding the rights of children and the protection of family members from violence and abuse. The general area of focus falls under the priorities of maintaining economic stability; ensuring safety, stability and health; preserving the home and protecting populations with special vulnerabilities.

120 North Front Avenue

Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Phone: (606) 886-3876 or (800) 556-3876

For more information about locations and corresponding contact information, visit


U.S. Department of Labor

Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs

Division of Coal Mine Workers Compensation (DCMWC)

About the Black Lung Program

The mission of the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation, or Federal Black Lung Program, is to administer claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Act provides compensation to coal miners who are totally disabled by pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mine employment, and to survivors of coal miners whose deaths are attributable to the disease. The Act also provides eligible miners with medical coverage for the treatment of lung diseases related to pneumoconiosis.


General Information

Congress created the Federal Black Lung program to compensate coal miners, their dependents, and their survivors for the disabling effects of black lung disease (coal workers’ pneumoconiosis). In the Act that created the program, pneumoconiosis is defined as any pulmonary (or lung) disability significantly related to or substantially aggravated by coal mine dust exposure.

Who is Eligible?

A claimant must be a “coal miner” (in the literal sense) to be eligible for benefits. A worker may also be considered a “coal miner” for the purpose of the Act when working as a coal transportation worker, coal mine construction worker, or service contractor, to the extent that they worked in or around a coal mine or coal preparation facility. Employees whose work is not directly related to coal mining or coal preparation, such as night watchmen, do not qualify as coal miners under the Black Lung program.

To Whom Can Benefits be Paid?

Benefits are paid to a miner for as many as three dependents, and to surviving dependents of a coal miner, including surviving spouses, surviving divorced spouses, surviving eligible children, and surviving eligible parents, brothers or sisters. In the case of survivors, for claims in which the miner either filed after January 1, 1982, or did not file at all, the miner’s death must have been caused – at least in part – or hastened by coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

How Do You File for Black Lung Benefits?

Miners or their survivors who believe they may qualify for Black Lung benefits may file a claim in one of four different ways:

  • Go to their local Social Security office
  • Visit their nearest U.S. Department of Labor Black Lung office
  • Call their servicing Black Lung office and have the application forms sent to them
  • Write to either our Pikeville or Mt. Sterling Office.

U.S. Department of Labor


164 Main Street, Suite 508

Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

Commercial: (606) 218-9300 Toll-Free: (800) 366-4599


Visit this webpage for more information on DCMWC,


Eastern KY Concentrated Employment Program

EKCEP—the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.—helps workers and businesses in eastern Kentucky meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of today’s economy.

EKCEP operates the JobSight network ( of workforce centers, which provide access to more than a dozen state and federal programs that offer employment and training assistance for job seekers and employers—all under one roof.

Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), EKCEP also administers programs that help adults looking for work, workers who have been dislocated from their jobs, and economically disadvantaged young people. WIA assistance ranges from career counseling and job search assistance to paying for tuition and providing on-the-job training opportunities.

For more than 40 years, EKCEP has served 23 mountain counties in eastern Kentucky with exemplary training, employment, and workforce development programs to meet the region’s changing needs.


Contact: Michelle Feltner,, 606-435-8491


Kentucky Teleworks:

Kentucky Teleworks is an innovative economic development strategy that blends resources of local workforce investment boards, community-based agencies and educational resources to maximize the state’s digital infrastructure investments to create telework (work-from-home) jobs. Through a collaborative approach, Kentucky Teleworks will help even the playing field across the Commonwealth, bring cutting-edge employment opportunities to the state and better link opportunities with sector-based training and credentialing opportunities to better position our workforce to compete in the 21st Century economy.

941 North Main Street

Hazard, Kentucky 41701

1 (606) 435-8498
[email protected]


Harry M. Caudill Library

KY Public Library Workforce Center offers free resources to help you land a job:

      • public computers with internet access
      • computer and job skills workshops
      • Gales Transitions Database for job searches, resume writing, and practice interviews
      • Learning Express Database for improving academic skills, software tutorials, GED Prep, ACT Prep, ASVAB Prep, and practice test to become a U.S. citizen
      • Gale Powerspeak Languages Database to improve your foreign language skills


Your Public Library Workforce Center can help you:

  • set up an email account
  • conduct searches for local and national jobs
  • fill out online applications
  • improve computer skills
  • improve job skills
  • practice job related exams
  • practice GED and college entrance exams
  • write an effective resume


For more details on class offerings or to register, contact your library at (606) 633-7547

Use free databases to improve your skills and do job searches at

Letcher County Public Library District

220 Main St.

Whitesburg, Ky 41858

[email protected]


Hazard Community and Technical College

Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) is a comprehensive community and technical college committed to learning success. HCTC provides affordable access to college and workforce readiness through our Career, College, andLifePlanning support structure; college/university transfer, technical programs, and healthcare opportunities via our AcademicPrograms; and customized business/industry training & lifelong learning through WorkforceSolutions.  The College is a collaborative catalyst in the Eastern Kentucky region, helping blend honored Appalachian traditions with diverse global innovations.


HCTC Workforce Solutions is the premier training provider in the Kentucky River Region.  We accomplish this by assisting businesses in maintaining a competitive edge through increasing the productivity and employability of our workforce. Find out more at


Hazard Community and Technical College

One Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701

Phone (606) 436-HCTC or (1-800) 246-7521


KY Career Center Employment & Training

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training is part of the Department of Workforce Investment.  Office of Employment and Training Staff provide job services, unemployment insurance services, Labor Market Information, and training opportunities.

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – Kentucky received Recovery Act funds from the U. S. Department of Labor to assist citizens with workforce issues.
  • Job Services match available workers with employers who need their skills and experience. Work search and referrals may be conducted locally, statewide and nationally.
  • Unemployment Insurance provides short term benefits for those who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
  • Labor Market Information contains a wide range of statistical data on employment and wage patterns. It is available locally, statewide and nationally to both businesses and job seekers.
  • Training opportunities are available through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for Adult Dislocated Worker and Youth who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Contact Lisa Fox at 633-3154 or visit this page for local office contact information


KY Housing Corporation

The Kentucky Unemployment Bridge Program is a new loan option for eligible homeowners to assist them in making their mortgage payments.

    • To be eligible, the homeowner much have experienced a job loss or reduction in income due to changing economic conditions, through no fault of their own, and demonstrates a need for assistance.
    • The employment or income-related event must have occured within the three year period prior to the date of application
    • The maximum amount of assistance is $25,000 or 12 months, whichever occurs first.
    • Of the $25,000, the maximum amount that may be used for reinstatement- all related fees and payments to bring the loan(s) current- is $7,500

The Unemployment Bridge Program (UBP) is part of the Kentucky Homewonership Protection Center, which provides a centralized location for information on public services to assis Kentuckians in keeping their homes. If you do not qualify for the UBP, you may qualify for other options through the Protection Center. (866) 830-7868

 The following people can be contacted for inquiries: Annie Thompson (1-800-401-4287) or Carol Ison (1-800-633-7651)


KY River Health Department

The Kentucky River District Health Department provides a host of preventative health services with locations in seven (7) counties: Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe. Each health center strives to provide quality care to the people of its communities.

“We have a variety of preventive health programs for children and adults which ensures the ongoing good health of our citizens. We are a source of information and services for individuals and families who need assistance with medical care, nutritional counseling, health screening, immunizations, family planning and environmental protection.”

For a list of services provided by the Kentucky River District Health Department and further information, visit or call (606) 439-2361


Letcher County Fiscal Court

The LCFC is now participating in the The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program, which provides the county the chance to offer prescription savings to uninsured and underinsured residents. This great program can help residents save money on prescriptions at an average savings of 24%.  The program assists Letcher County residents who are struggling financially or pay out of pocket for their prescriptions. There is no cost to the county and no cost to residents.  Simply use the card.  The entire family can be covered with one card.

The discounts are negotiated directly with participating pharmacies.  Over 60,000 pharmacies participate in the program and it is used by county residents in more than 1,400 counties.

The NACo Prescription Discount Card can be picked up directly from the County Judge’s Office in the courthouse anytime during office hours. Every county resident is eligible.

The Letcher County Senior Citizens Program is available to county residents 60 and older and provides free meals at 7 senior centers throughout the county, as well as community activities, and offers transportation to and from the centers or home delivery of meals to those unable to visit the centers.

For more information, call 606-633-2129

Letcher County Fiscal Court

156 Main Street, Suite 107

Whitesburg, KY 41858

606.633.2129 – Office


Letcher County FRYSC

The Family Resource and Youth Services Centers provide assistance with basic needs: referrals to medical, vision and dental services, GED classes, career counseling, and unemployment services.

Contact Martha Watts, 633-4455, for more information.


Letcher Co. Health Department

The Letcher County Health Department provides preventive health programs for children and adults:

Programs Include:  Well child screenings, family planning, cancer prevention, immunizations, WIC program, HANDS program, health education, and environmental services.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – better known as the WIC Program – serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

The Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program is a voluntary home visitation program for new and expectant parents. Families begin by meeting with a HANDS Parent Visitor who will discuss any questions or concerns about pregnancy or a baby’s first years. Based on the discussion, all families will receive information and learn about resources available in the community for new parents. Some families will receive further support through home visitation. That’s right, information brought right to the home.

Who Can Participate?  First-time moms and/or dads residing in Kentucky.

When do HAND Services Begin?  Services can begin during pregnancy or anytime before a child is 3 months old. If interested contact the health department.


Director:  Lana Polly-Mullins

e-mail: [email protected]

6 Broadway

Whitesburg, KY




Letcher County Public Schools

Letcher County Public Schools’ Services:

  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students regardless of income
  • Coats for Kids- a program providing free coats for Letcher Co. students
  • Kids Day Back to School Bash- providing free school supplies for all Letcher County students
  • Project Care for families experiencing homelessness
  • Family Resource and Youth Services Centers


Letcher County School Based Clinic:

Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation has partnered with the Letcher County Public Schools, Letcher County Health Department, and Moutain Instant Care, with Larissa Hogg-Baileym APRN to be able to provide care to children in the Letcher County School system. The Clinic will provide services that include sick visits, immunizations, physical exams, medication administration, first aid, as well as preventative care. The providers will be available most days students will be at school. Because of the County’s Federal Qualified Health Center status, the program allows the Clinic to offer the Sliding Scale Program, 340b Medicine, and Indigent Medicine.

Superintendent: Anne C. Craft- (606) 633-4455

Letcher County Public Schools

224 Parks Street

Whitesburg, KY 41858


Letcher Co. Area Technology Center

Letcher County Area Technology Center is located in Whitesburg, KY and is one of 2 high schools in Letcher County School District. It is a vocational and technical school that serves students in grades 9-12.

The mission of the Letcher County Area Technology Center is to develop a skilled and versatile individual by providing technical education training.

  • Provide technical skills training to secondary students that leads to successful post high school transition.
  • Enhance career exploration options for secondary students.
  • Collaborate with local school districts to enhance the educational growth of all students.
  • Respond to the training needs of business and industry for the community.
  • Become an Area Center of Excellence for continuous improvement of quality technical education for life-long learning.

(606) 633-5053

185 Circle Dr, Whitesburg, KY 41858

LKLP and WIA Program

The Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Council, Inc. (LKLP) is a private non-profit designed to be a community action service and planning agency, to develop to the fullest potential the human and natural resources in the four-county area. LKLP seeks to actively and substantially involve all segments of the community, in an effort to alleviate the distress of poverty.

Community Service Block Grant (CSBG): Outreach staff provide services primarily to low-income children, adults, elderly and disabled persons with some services offered to the general public. Including: job training, emergency food and nutrition, home energy assistance, self-help services, child care referral, adult & youth education, home loan packaging, non-emergency transportation, community planning, and many others.

For more information about the services LKLP provides visit or call (606) 436-8853


Eastern KY Concentrated Employment Program’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs help people find jobs and upgrade their skills to qualify for better jobs. WIA serves adults looking for work, workers of any age who have been dislocated from their jobs through closings or layoffs, and economically disadvantaged young people who need help to get education, training, and a good start into the working world.

These multi-level programs use a wide assortment of resources to help customers identify their interests and aptitudes, understand which jobs are in demand, get the training and develop the skills they need to succeed, and advance their careers.

In general, EKCEP’s Dislocated Worker services are available to any eastern Kentucky resident who:

• Has been terminated or laid off from employment, or has received notification of an upcoming termination or layoff.


• Is unlikely to return to work in his/her previous industry or occupation.

In coordination with other types of financial assistance, EKCEP’s WIA Dislcoated Worker Program may be able to provide tuition, required books, fees, commuting assistance, meals, child care, and other approved expenses for classroom training of up to two years. Career counseling is also available.


Contact: Michelle Feltner,, 606-435-8491

For more information on what EKCEP’S WIA programs can do for you, contact your localWIAoffice, or visit their site

The WIA Dislocated Worker Program may provide services such as: career advising, job search assistance, interviewing skills, resume writing, upgrading current skills, and coordination of services through partner agencies.


Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation

Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC), a multi-county comprehensive health program designed to provide quality health care to the people of Letcher, Harlan, Perry, Owsley, and contiguous counties, has been in operation since June 1971, and is a non-profit Kentucky Corporation.

The MCHC Whitesburg Medical Clinic offers the full range of primary medical services: Dental, Family and Internal Medicine, OB/GYN care, Pediatrics, as well as selected specialty services, such as Cardiology and Pulmonology.

The Whitesburg Clinic houses the MCHC Respiratory Clinic, which provides quality care to a population of high incidence of pulmonary problems, such as Black Lung.

The Wellness Center which has state of the art fitness equipment is open to the public, free of charge to MCHC patients.

The range of services available to patients at the Whitesburg Clinic in addition to primary and preventive health care includes a cardiology and electrophysiology program, Pulmonary therapy and rehabilitation program; a full service Laboratory that performs procedures of high complexity and a Radiology program that includes Nuclear medicine and CAT scan.


Brandy Wilson, certified pharmacy tech at MCHM, on Paitient Assistance Program:

“I work with the Patient Assistance Program at our clinic. We order medications through pharmaceutical companies for our patients and also give out samples of medications. The patient would need to bring in a statement of income to see if they are able to qualify for the prescription medication assistance. They also need to have a valid prescription from a doctor at the clinic.

If they don’t qualify for that program, there is a program through 340B drug program, it is through the pharmacy and it offers medications at a reduced cost.

Through PAP, the pharmaceutical companies set the guidelines, which vary, some may have cut-offs at $30,000 a year and some may be $45,000 a year, it also goes by how many are in the household. I send in the applications and then the companies will respond in 3 to 4 weeks and let us know if they qualify.

The PAP has been going on a long time, I have worked in it 11 years now. The 340B program has been around 5 years and everyone qualifies for that, even if you have insurance you can get the reduced cost on that.

The program applies to residents of Letcher and surrounding counties as long as they are seen in the MCHC clinic.”


Beth Hall, receptionist at the OB department at MCHC, explains their sliding scale benefits program:

“Our sliding scale program is available to anyone that is a paitient at MCHC. We have a sliding scale based on their income and family size and what we do is take proof of income before taxes and, accounting for number of persons in a household, and calculate at what percent they fall on our scale for coverage. What that means is office visits, labs, x-rays, dental, and pharmeceutical costs all slide on the sliding scale for cost of these services. For anyone that comes in, we can fill out the application to determine whether they qualify and then we are able to take them on at that scale for up to one year as long as we have proof of income. If they are unemployed we ask what income they have coming into the house, we take them at their word on first visit and by second we have to have proof to keep them on for a year.

MCHC offers this every day, it is not going to fade away, they have done this ever since they opened their doors. It is a really great program and it helps people out a lot and even if you have insurance, a lot of people don’t know this, but you can still apply for sliding scale.”


For more information about these programs and other services MCHC provides, call (606) 633-4823 or e-mail

Visit them online at


MCHC Respiratory Clinic of Eastern KY (Black Lung)

The Respiratory Clinics of Eastern Kentucky/ Black Lung Clinic Program conducts black lung physicals for the U.S. Department of Labor and accepts referrals from physicians. The RCEK/BLCP proves the most comprehensive pulmonary services in the region for retired, active and disabled coal miners in addition to others suffering from pulmonary problems.

In addition to medical services, benefits counseling, patient education classes and smoking cessation classes are provided free of charge.

226 Medical Plaza Lane- P.O. Box 40 Whitesburg, KY 41858



Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training and part-time employment opportunities to low-income people 55 and older.


To participate, you must be at least 55 years old and a Kentucky resident with an income at or below 125 percent of the poverty level.

Benefits include:

  • Earned income.
  • Training and experience to help develop employment skills.
  • Annual physical exams.
  • The chance to obtain full or part-time unsubsidized employment.
  • Meaningful social and physical activities.
  • Engagement in activities to support independence and provide satisfying personal results for older persons.


Counties Served:

Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe

Not all services are available in every county.

Generally, Senior Centers are open Monday through Friday. Call for specific times and services.

Letcher County Senior Citizens
2145 HWY 119 N
Whitesburg, KY  41858
Contact: Kathy Lucas, Project Manager
Phone: (606) 633-0121 Fax 633-0124

Services Available:

  • Adult day care
  • Alzheimer’s respite
  • Assessment
  • Case management
  • Help with chores
  • Escort
  • Friendly visiting
  • Homemaker – home management and personal care
  • Information and referral
  • In-home respite
  • Legal assistance
  • Meals – congregate and home delivered
  • Nursing Home (Long-Term Care) Ombudsman
  • Outreach
  • Telephone reassurance
  • Title V – Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Transportation


Visit for contact information for corresponding offices and locations.


Southeast Community College

Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College offers two-year Associate in Arts(A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. These two-year degrees can be used to open up new career options or to complete the first half of a bachelor’s degree.


The Workforce Solutions & Workforce Transition Program can help you:

-Gain college credit from the module classes that have been taught at your place of business.

-Get College Credit for prior work experience

-Enroll in college classes that fit your busy work schedule, evening and online

-Gain college credit through special exams that are offered through KCTCS & SKCTC

-Gain college credit through certifying agencies such as state or federal training programs.


For more information on the programs SKCTC offers visit


Veterans’ Affairs

Eastern Kentucky Veterans’ Center, (606) 435-6196,

Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center (EKVC) opened 21 March 2002 in Hazard, Kentucky. The 120-bed facility provides long-term skilled nursing care for Kentucky’s veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Eligibility for Admission – Must be a veteran with an other than dishonorable discharge and a resident of Kentucky prior to submitting an application. Prior to admission, each application is reviewed to ensure that the medical needs of the veteran can be met in our facility. No individual shall be denied based on the grounds of race, color, handicap, age, gender, religion, national origin or HIV status.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Areunemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

For more information, call 1-800-827-1000 or visit


Well Care

WellCare of Kentucky is a managed care plan for Medicaid members. They offer extra benefits for Medicaid members that include aid for medical, dental, vision, and pharmaceutical care.

Some special programs include: Prenatal Rewards, Case/Disease Management, Customer Care, and Community Resources.

The Over-the-Counter (OTC) Items Benefit program provides $10 a month toward over the counter items for each head of household for one year.

For more information, call 1-877-389-9457, Monday-Friday, 7am to 7pm Eastern. Or visit