Gwenda Bond http://wkms.org en Kentucky Not on Federal Exchange Premium List, But Kynect Releases Range of Prices http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-not-federal-exchange-premium-list-kynect-releases-range-prices <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Updated: Sept. 26, 11:09 a.m.</em></p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services released&nbsp;insurance premium prices for federally-run exchanges today, including Tennessee, showing premiums in <a href="http://wabe.org/post/ga-health-premiums-exchanges-lower-forecast#.UkJgYvahF-M.twitter" target="_blank">some states are lower than initially estimated</a>. But Kentucky&rsquo;s exchange called kynect is state-run and wasn&rsquo;t on that list.&nbsp;</p><p>Kynect has released the actual costs and range of plans for <a href="http://governor.ky.gov/healthierky/Documents/kynect/20130910_ExpandedProfileHandout.pdf">certain hypothetical situations</a>. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokesperson Gwenda Bond says people can find out their individual costs beginning <span data-term="goog_506860787" tabindex="0">Oct. 1,</span> which is the first day to apply for open enrollment. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:07:44 +0000 Whitney Jones 35188 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Not on Federal Exchange Premium List, But Kynect Releases Range of Prices Congress Debates Legislative Cuts To Food Stamps Program http://wkms.org/post/congress-debates-legislative-cuts-food-stamps-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky agency that oversees the federal nutrition program, formally known as food stamps, is critical of a piece of Congressional legislation to cut billions of dollars from the program.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In western Kentucky, more than 42,000 households in the </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;congressional district receive financial assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Community Health Services Assistant Communication Director </span>Gwenda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bond said any SNAP benefit&nbsp;reduction&nbsp;will hurt those using assistance to help meet their nutrition needs.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:22:54 +0000 Rob Canning 35181 at http://wkms.org Congress Debates Legislative Cuts To Food Stamps Program