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Government
12:38 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Kynect Extending Enrollment Period Due to High Demand During Initial Deadline

Credit http://blog.medi-share.org

Kentucky’s health benefits exchange kynect is extending its enrollment period due to high demand during the initial March 31 deadline.

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.

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Politics
6:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

ACA, Cancer Screenings, Mine Inspections and Rupp Arena in the Budget

Credit LRC Public Information

Provisions to block state money from being used on Kentucky's implementation of the Affordable Care Act will remain in the budget agreement reached over the weekend by state lawmakers. Sparring between House Democrats and Senate Republicans over the ACA dominated negotiations.

The ACA covers the costs of implementation through 2017, after which the tab will be split with the state.

Now, Senate President Robert Stivers says lawmakers will send the governor a budget that blocks general funds from going toward the state's health insurance exchange, Kynect, and the expansion of Medicaid. Stivers acknowledges that much of the heated debate over the ACA was "political theater."

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Government
7:08 am
Tue November 19, 2013

TennCare Growing Slowly After ACA

While the number of people in Tennessee buying health insurance through new exchanges has been slow, state officials say the number of people being directed to the state's expanded Medicaid program is more than they expected.

So far, about 1,000 people have purchased health insurance throughout the state.

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Government
7:29 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Beshear To Comply With Obama Healthcare Directive

Credit ky.gov

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has directed the Kentucky Department of Insurance to comply with President Barack Obama's directive yesterday that could allow some 280,000 Kentuckians to keep their current insurance policies, at least for another year.

Beshear says the decision ultimately will be left to insurance companies, many of which have already invested much time and money into developing coverage plans that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
6:22 am
Wed October 30, 2013

State Officials Warn Of Healthcare Scammers

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are warning consumers to beware of scam artists who might try to dupe them on websites mimicking those where people can sign up for insurance policies.

Consumers have alerted state officials to suspicious websites they believe are being operated by scammers.

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Politics
6:38 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Pres. Obama Personally Thanks Gov. Beshear

Credit bbc.co.uk

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has gotten a personal thank you from President Barack Obama for a smooth rollout of the health care overhaul in Kentucky.

Kentucky has not had the technical glitches that have plagued the federal health benefit exchange. More than 18,000 of Kentucky's 640,000 uninsured residents have signed up for coverage since Oct. 1.

And nearly 34,000 have completed applications. The federal exchange has been unable to accommodate large numbers of users. 

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Education
6:29 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Murray State Professor Answers Questions About ACA

With open enrollment for Kentucky’s health insurance exchange beginning this week, a Murray State University professor answered questions from the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act in an open forum yesterday. Although purchasing insurance can seem daunting for the uninsured under the new system, political science professor Ann Beck says that is not the case.

“It’s just a very doable process, and you will not have very high costs if you have lower income,” she says.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

TN Governor Unsure About Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Tennessee are watching Florida closely after the state’s conservative Republican governor went along with a major piece of the Affordable Care Act. Governor Bill Haslam is still on the fence about expanding the state’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare.

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Politics
6:12 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Denton Files Two Bills To Place Affordable Care Act Decisions in Lawmakers' Hands

Credit LRC Public Information

State Sen. Julie Denton has filed two bills that would put control of implementation of the Affordable Care Act into lawmakers’ hands.

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Government
12:34 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

TN Governor Haslam on SCOTUS ACA Ruling

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says the state will review today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act to fully understand its impact.  

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