Affordable Care Act

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

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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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Society
7:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Region Sees Budget Cuts to Health Departments

Health Departments in the region are preparing to deal with a $6 million cut from state block grant funding.

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Government
4:05 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Paul Says Hospitals May Close with Rise of Medicaid Recipients Under Affordable Care Act

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul warns Kentuckians that the rapid expansion of Medicaid recipients in the Commonwealth through the Affordable Care Act may result in the closure of some hospitals.

The Republican made his comments at a press conference in Owensboro Wednesday.

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Society
12:34 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Kentucky SHIP Navigates Medicare & Medicaid Options

Today on Sounds Good we meet Kellie Oliver, the new State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator. SHIP provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers. The program seeks to educate the public and Medicare beneficiaries so they are better able to make informed decisions on healthcare.

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Government
12:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ky. Legislators May Look to Affordable Care Act for Budget Savings

Despite unanswered questions about the impact of federal health care reforms, Kentucky's lawmakers are taking steps to pass a state budget.  House members have begun the process of evaluating and modifying the spending plan proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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