We've heard this over and over again when it comes to good health that Kentucky often lags behind most of the nation.
But there could be hope on the horizon for the state.
Two candidates for governor have offered their plans to improve overall health or extend health insurance coverage.
Governor Ernie Fletcher says heart disease, diabetes and cancer rates are just too high in Kentucky.
The governor said the state needs to prevent people from getting sick in the first place by encouraging healthier lifestyles.
Democratic challenger Steve Beshear says Kentuckians are struggling to afford health insurance.
Beshear adds that families and businesses are paying more for their health insurance plans, but getting less coverage.