health insurance exchange http://wkms.org en Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th Lowest for Uninsured http://wkms.org/post/report-kentucky-ranks-10th-lowest-uninsured <p style="line-height: 200%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">A <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/rates-of-uninsured-by-state-before-after-obamacare/4800/">new report</a> finds Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:07:53 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41943 at http://wkms.org Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th Lowest for Uninsured Kynect Extending Enrollment Period Due to High Demand During Initial Deadline http://wkms.org/post/kynect-extending-enrollment-period-due-high-demand-during-initial-deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky’s health benefits exchange </span>kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is extending its enrollment period due to high demand during the initial March </span>31<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;deadline.</span></p><p>The extension for applications begins today and ends April 11. Kentuckians who completed their applications by the initial deadline can select a plan through April 15, with coverage beginning May 1.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:38:47 +0000 Whitney Jones 39700 at http://wkms.org Kynect Extending Enrollment Period Due to High Demand During Initial Deadline Young Invincibles Vital to Health Insurance Exchanges, But They're Slowly Signing Up http://wkms.org/post/young-invincibles-vital-health-insurance-exchanges-theyre-slowly-signing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the deadline for open enrollment coming in March, the people behind Kentucky’s health insurance exchange </span>kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are reaching out to an important group of people.</span></p><p>Young Invincibles are those uninsured and between 18 and 30 years old. Wyatt Severs fits in that group. He’s a 30-year-old artist and teacher. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 38267 at http://wkms.org Young Invincibles Vital to Health Insurance Exchanges, But They're Slowly Signing Up Kynect Shows Strong Growth In Enrollees Since Thanksgiving http://wkms.org/post/kynect-shows-strong-growth-enrollees-thanksgiving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky’s health insurance&nbsp;exchange&nbsp;is reporting strong gains in new enrollees since Thanksgiving. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Governor’s office released statistics late&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;afternoon showing&nbsp;</span>Kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had added 24,140&nbsp;</span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to a list of the newly insured. &nbsp;About 5,400 of those were added in the last week.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to </span><a href="http://governor.ky.gov/healthierky/Pages/default.aspx">Kynect's</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://governor.ky.gov/healthierky/Pages/default.aspx"> website</a>, the total number of </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who have enrolled in a new health insurance plan 84, 422.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:46:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37373 at http://wkms.org Kynect Shows Strong Growth In Enrollees Since Thanksgiving Attorney General's Office Warns Consumers About Fake Health Exchange Websites http://wkms.org/post/attorney-generals-office-warns-consumers-about-fake-health-exchange-websites <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is warning consumers to avoid fake websites set up following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:02:56 +0000 Kevin Willis 36162 at http://wkms.org Attorney General's Office Warns Consumers About Fake Health Exchange Websites More West Kentuckians Than Expected Sign Up for Kynect http://wkms.org/post/more-west-kentuckians-expected-sign-kynect <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More people than expected have signed up for health insurance through </span>kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Kentucky’s health care exchange.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:16:02 +0000 Whitney Jones 36129 at http://wkms.org More West Kentuckians Than Expected Sign Up for Kynect Is $119 For Obamacare Insurance A Good Deal In Tennessee? http://wkms.org/post/119-obamacare-insurance-good-deal-tennessee <p>Tennessee&rsquo;s biggest Obamacare critics are trying to squelch any excitement for cheaper-than-expected insurance rates &ndash; 16 percent lower than original estimates. And the White House announced this week that the state will have some of the least expensive plans in the country.</p><p>The Administration is highlighting what barebones coverage would cost a 27-year-old man. <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/marketplace_premiums_ib_final.pdf">According to the tables</a> &ndash; $119 a month on average.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:25:01 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 35220 at http://wkms.org Is $119 For Obamacare Insurance A Good Deal In Tennessee? Insurance Exchange Grows Into $39.5M Operation http://wkms.org/post/insurance-exchange-grows-395m-operation <p></p><p>Federal health care reforms have led to the creation of a government agency in Kentucky comparable in staffing to the secretary of state's office, with 30 employees. But it also has scores of contract workers and an annual budget more than 10 times larger, at $39.5 million.&nbsp; The Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange will help more than 600,000 uninsured residents arrange coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:49:06 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28183 at http://wkms.org Insurance Exchange Grows Into $39.5M Operation Tea Party Activists Take Aim at Insurance Exchange http://wkms.org/post/tea-party-activists-take-aim-insurance-exchange <p></p><p>Tea party activists are pushing to dismantle Kentucky's new health insurance exchange before it even gets off the ground. After a Thursday board meeting for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange activists said they are supporting a bill to require legislative approval of the exchange, which was created by Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive order. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:57:11 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 27234 at http://wkms.org Tea Party Activists Take Aim at Insurance Exchange Kentucky Health Co-Op Not in Danger After Fiscal Cliff Cuts http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-health-co-op-not-danger-after-fiscal-cliff-cuts <p></p><p>One lesser-known aspect of the Affordable Care Act is it’s reliance on state health cooperatives — &nbsp;which work separate of the state- or federally run health exchange, but are free to offer their own brand of insurance on the exchange.</p><p>But recent Congressional deal-making is putting those co-ops in danger.</p><p>While states are getting grants to fund their exchanges, co-ops were getting federal loans which had to be paid back within five years. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:16:39 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 26814 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Health Co-Op Not in Danger After Fiscal Cliff Cuts