Obamacare http://wkms.org en How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets http://wkms.org/post/how-health-insurance-exchanges-are-flea-markets Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:20 +0000 Eric Whitney 40854 at http://wkms.org How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets How Affordable Health Care Act Guidelines Effect Murray Volunteer Clinic http://wkms.org/post/how-affordable-health-care-act-guidelines-effect-murray-volunteer-clinic <p>With the Affordable Health Care Act now in effect, a question has come up as to the future of local volunteer healthcare clinics, like the Angels Community Clinic in Murray, which<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;provides free medical and pharmacy services to residents of Calloway County who work but cannot afford insurance coverage. The clinic's Executive Director Sherry Crittenden&nbsp;visits</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounds Good</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to discuss changes in the guidelines and their continuing service in Murray.</span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:12:57 +0000 Kate Lochte 40741 at http://wkms.org How Affordable Health Care Act Guidelines Effect Murray Volunteer Clinic Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama http://wkms.org/post/why-red-state-kentucky-got-shoutout-obama Steve Beshear couldn't help but chuckle during the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267858893/live-blog-president-obamas-state-of-union-address">State of the Union speech</a> when President Obama said, "Kentucky's not the most liberal part of the country."<p>Obama was singling out his fellow Democrat for being the rare Southern governor who has fully implemented the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid and running a state health insurance exchange that launched far more smoothly than the federal model.<p>Kentucky, the home of prominent Republican Sens. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:32:58 +0000 editor 38363 at http://wkms.org Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama Uninsured Fret About Getting Health Coverage By New Year's Day http://wkms.org/post/uninsured-fret-about-getting-health-coverage-new-years-day Tambra Momi has been eagerly awaiting the promise of guaranteed health insurance.<p>Since 2011, she has battled <a href="http://www.genome.gov/17516629">Dercum's disease</a>, a rare and painful condition in which noncancerous tumors sprout throughout her body, pressing against nerves.<p>Jobless and in a wheelchair, Momi needs nine different drugs, including one costing $380 a month, to control the pain and side effects. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:18:49 +0000 Jordan Rau 37010 at http://wkms.org Uninsured Fret About Getting Health Coverage By New Year's Day HealthCare.gov's Mystery Lady Says She's Been Cyberbullied http://wkms.org/post/healthcaregovs-mystery-lady-says-shes-been-cyberbullied The woman whose smiling face adorned the HealthCare.gov website in the first days after its launch has stepped forward to tearfully address those who she says cyberbullied her as they took potshots at the Obama administration's <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=131849999" target="_blank">troubled online health exchange</a>.<p>"They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:53:41 +0000 Mark Memmott 36571 at http://wkms.org HealthCare.gov's Mystery Lady Says She's Been Cyberbullied Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care http://wkms.org/post/self-employed-and-lots-questions-about-health-care The health care exchanges may be open, but there's no question they're still kind of a mess.<p>"The rollout has been excruciatingly awful for way too many people," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded to the Senate Finance Committee <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=243537883">last week</a>.<p>But mess or not, the law is going forward, people are trying to use it, and they have questions. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:03:04 +0000 Julie Rovner 36473 at http://wkms.org Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care Jackie Eubanks, A Kynect Status Report http://wkms.org/post/jackie-eubanks-kynect-status-report <p>On <em>Sounds Good</em>, Todd Hatton&nbsp;gets a status report on how our region is faring signing up for Affordable Health Care with kynect Program Manager Jackie Eubanks of West Kentucky Allied Services of Mayfield.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:45:30 +0000 Todd Hatton 36134 at http://wkms.org Jackie Eubanks, A Kynect Status Report Obama Aide Apologizes For HealthCare.gov's Troubled Launch http://wkms.org/post/obama-aide-apologizes-healthcaregovs-troubled-launch The first of two days worth of hearings about the problems plaguing <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/" target="_blank">HealthCare.gov</a> got going Tuesday with an apology for the botched rollout from Marilyn Tavenner — administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:34:33 +0000 Mark Memmott 36124 at http://wkms.org Obama Aide Apologizes For HealthCare.gov's Troubled Launch Rep. Ed Whitfield on Affordable Care Act, Gov’t Shutdown: ‘It’s Always Easy Looking in Hindsight' http://wkms.org/post/rep-ed-whitfield-affordable-care-act-gov-t-shutdown-it-s-always-easy-looking-hindsight <p></p><p></p><p>U.S. Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield says a different focus for the Republican Party may have been more effective in negotiations during the 16-day partial government shutdown earlier this month. Whitfield made his remarks in a weekend WKMS interview.</p><p>Whitfield said Republican uproar over the Affordable Care Act was understandable because, he said, the overreaching public law is riddled with problems the federal and state governments are battling. Because of that, though, Whitfield said he believes portions of the law upon which Republican scrutiny is centered will fall apart regardless of Congressional opposition.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 02:28:45 +0000 Austin Ramsey & Chad Lampe 36077 at http://wkms.org Rep. Ed Whitfield on Affordable Care Act, Gov’t Shutdown: ‘It’s Always Easy Looking in Hindsight' White House Turns To 'Rock Star' Manager For Obamacare Fix http://wkms.org/post/white-house-turns-rock-star-manager-obamacare-fix Jeffrey Zients isn't exactly a household name. But if he can cure what ails the Affordable Care Act website, he'll be one of the best-known figures in the Obama administration.<p>Zients (rhymes with Heinz) is the professional manager President Obama turned to in order to solve the by-now-infamous problems with the federal government's health care exchange website.<p>Zients was settling into his job as the head of Obama's National Economic Council when the president tapped him to help rescue the site. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:44:34 +0000 Frank James 35969 at http://wkms.org White House Turns To 'Rock Star' Manager For Obamacare Fix