Affordable Care Act

Jeffrey Zients isn't exactly a household name. But if he can cure what ails the Affordable Care Act website, he'll be one of the best-known figures in the Obama administration.

Zients (rhymes with Heinz) is the professional manager President Obama turned to in order to solve the by-now-infamous problems with the federal government's health care exchange website.

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell visits Murray Thursday to speak with employees at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital. The Senate Minority Leader has held over 50 hospital town hall meetings to discuss the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,’s impact on Kentucky and Kentucky businesses. 

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a constitutional amendment that would forbid Congress from passing laws that don't apply equally to lawmakers, Executive Branch and U.S. Supreme Court.

According to Paul himself, the proposal is aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts over his swing vote last year upholding the constitutionality of the president's health care law.

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Kentucky’s Democratic governor says implementing the Affordable Care Act is “the morally right thing to do.”

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Nearly 7,000 Kentuckians and families now have affordable health insurance thanks to the state’s online health exchange Kynect. 

The Governor’s office reports that more than 175,000 people have clicked on the web site since its launch October 1st and more than 3.1 million webpages have been visited.

More than 155,000 people conducted prescreenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid. More than 22,000 applications for health care coverage have been started and nearly 15,000 have been completed.  The report also states that 209 small businesses have started applications to provide health insurance for employees.  

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A library assistant and a home health aide have filed a federal lawsuit over Tennessee's rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.

The women and their union, Service Employees International Union Local 205, ask for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the rules from being enforced.

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Kentucky’s Democratic governor is chiding Congressional Republicans for their efforts to defund or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear spoke in Washington Thursday at a health care forum sponsored by the National Journal and the American Medical Association. Beshear said Republicans attempting to stop or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act are hurting people who need health insurance. 

“Look, the Affordable Care Act was proposed by the president, approved by Congress, and upheld by the United States Supreme Court," said Beshear. "It is the law of the land. So, to those more worried about political power than Kentucky’s families, I have a simple message for them: Get over it, and get out of the way so I can help my people.

"Back home in Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day, or another life.”

Officials Say Early Kynect Glitches Solved

Oct 1, 2013
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Officials with the Cabinet of Health and Family Services resolved early online application glitches this afternoon for Kynect, Kentucky’s health benefit exchange.

The website went life shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, bringing almost 24,000 users and more than a thousand early applications. 

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Oct 1, 2013
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Open enrollment in the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange officially begins today, almost sixteen months after its creation by executive order from Governor Steve Beshear.  

Enrollment is set to begin for Kentucky's uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage as part of the federal health care law. The first phase of implementation opens today with the start of enrollment.

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