Affordable Care Act

Government
5:49 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Depending on the amount taken in subsidies, or changes in reported income and family status, some Obamacare policyholders this year will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe more in taxes.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

The old saying goes, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." But the Affordable Care Act has added a new wrinkle.

For many policyholders, the ACA has introduced a good deal of uncertainty about their tax bills. That has led to surprise refunds for some and higher-than-expected tax payments for others.

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Business
6:48 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Muhlenberg Hospital Joins Owensboro Health

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As small, rural hospitals continue to adapt to changes and challenges from the Affordable Care Act, Muhlenberg Community Hospital is joining the larger Owensboro Health system.

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Government
2:50 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

More than 16M Americans Have Gained Health Insurance Under Affordable Care Act

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An estimated 16.4 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to new data released Monday by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Richard Frank, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, said the drop in the uninsured rate is primarily driven by the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
10:31 am
Fri February 27, 2015

5 Things To Know About The Latest Supreme Court Challenge To Health Law

The Affordable Care Act will take center stage at the Supreme Court on March 4.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:09 am

The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court.

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Shots - Health News
11:20 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Figuring Out If A Doctor Is In Your Network Can Be Perplexing

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:36 am

"Is this doctor in my insurance network?" is one of the key questions people ask when considering whether to see a particular doctor. Unfortunately, in some cases the answer may not be a simple yes or no.

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Health
2:29 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

More Kentuckians Are Getting Health Insurance Through Their Jobs, Poll Says

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:42 pm

The rate of uninsured Kentuckians has dropped—and the number of people with employer-sponsored coverage continues to rise, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Fifty percent of Kentucky adults are insured through their employer or their spouse’s employer, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll found.

In 2012, 37 percent of adults had coverage through an employer or a spouse’s employer.

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Society
1:04 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

How Kynectors Help Kentuckians Navigate Signing Up for Health Insurance

Kynector Jaye Allen speaks with a kynect representative at an event at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville
Credit Ja’Nel Johnson | wfpl.org

Jaye Allen is a Kynector, paid by the state to help assist people with health insurance. It’s her job to meet with people face-to-face in order to enroll them in a plan under the Affordable Care Act.

She’s had the job since September, and she estimates she’s helped 400 people select a plan that fits both their needs and their budget.

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Government
9:04 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Report to Examine Kentucky's Bulging Medicaid Rolls

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Nearly a quarter of Kentucky’s population is now covered by Medicaid, thanks in part to the state’s embrace of the Affordable Care Act. While fully funded by the federal government for the first three years, the state will have to start bearing a small share of the burden in 2017.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Haslam Calls Special Session to Discuss, Vote on Tennessee's Expanded Medicaid Alternative

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has called a special legislative session for next month to tackle his alternative to expanded Medicaid.  

The two-year pilot program called “insure Tennessee” would provide health insurance to 200,000 Tennesseans who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Society
2:42 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Rate of Uninsured People in the U.S. Has Dropped 4.2 Percent Since Insurance Requirements Began

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The uninsured rate has dropped 4.2 percentage points since the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for Americans to have health insurance went into effect last year, according to a Gallup-Healthways Well Being analysis.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the uninsured rate dropped to 12.9 percent. This is the lowest recorded rate since Gallup-Healthways began tracking the measure daily in 2008.

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