Affordable Care Act

Government
4:03 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Rolls Out Health Care Plan

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is rolling out his new program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseeans currently uninsured or who have limited options.

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Government
2:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Beshear: 2nd Kynect Open Enrollment Period Begins Saturday

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Governor Steve Beshear has announced a new open period for Kentuckians to enroll in kynect, the state-sponsored health care exchange, as well as new technical improvements to the site.

In a press conference today, Beshear touted the fact that Kentucky was hailed by President Obama as a leading national example of successful Affordable Care Act implementation. 

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Society
1:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

More Scrutiny Coming For Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:29 am

Federal officials are planning a wide range of audits into billing and government spending on managed health care in the new fiscal year, ranging from private Medicare Advantage groups that treat millions of elderly to health plans rapidly expanding under the Affordable Care Act.

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse, said it would conduct "various reviews" of Medicare Advantage billing practices with an eye toward curbing overcharges. Results are due next year.

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Health
3:35 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

What Would Happen to Kynect if the Affordable Care Act Were Repealed?

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:06 pm

Kynect cannot survive without the Affordable Care Act, according to its director and a Kentucky public health educator.

The Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, has been a hot political topic since before President Obama signed it into law in 2010. The issue has been a leading point of contention between the leading candidates in Kentucky's high-profile Senate race.

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Science
10:37 am
Tue October 28, 2014

With Obamacare, More Millennials Are Going To The Doctor, Sort Of

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 7:45 am

I write about health and health care, but even I'm not immune to the "young and invincible" mentality. My annual dental checkup is more than six months overdue.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010 aimed to make it easier for young adults to access preventive care by allowing them to stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. As of 2011, some 3 million young adults gained coverage through this provision.

So does this mean more young people are getting their annual checkups and cholesterol screenings?

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Shots - Health News
9:20 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

The NuvaRing contraceptive ring can be used monthly to prevent pregnancy.
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Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 7:54 am

How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut?

Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying.

People still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get birth control coverage they're entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
2:54 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kentucky's Uninsured Rate Drops to Second-Lowest in Nation

The percentage of people without health insurance in Kentucky has dropped to the second-lowest rate in the nation.

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Society
9:54 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Kentucky Overdose Deaths Level, but Heroin Deaths Increase

Heroin overdose deaths continue to rise in Kentucky.
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A new report indicates the number of overdose deaths in Kentucky is leveling off. In 2013, there were one-thousand-and-seven drug overdoses statewide, just three more than the year before. The leader of Kentucky’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Van Ingram said while he’s disappointed the numbers haven’t decreased, there are still bits of good news that can be found in the report.

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Government
4:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kentuckians Like Expanded Medicaid But Not The Legislation That Made It Happen

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A new poll finds Kentuckians aren’t happy with the Affordable Care Act, but they do like benefits the legislation made possible.

According to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky study released today, this disconnect is consistent throughout the state, although people in the more urban areas—Lexington and Louisville—were at least nearly 10 percent more favorable of the ACA.

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Government
4:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beshear Addresses National Health Care Conference

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Gov. Steve Beshear addressed a national health care conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday to once again tout Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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