Affordable Care Act

"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.

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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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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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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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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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.

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Rolls Out Health Care Plan

Dec 15, 2014
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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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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. 

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.

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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