Affordable Care Act

Government
10:50 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Humana Fined $65,000 Following Letters Related To Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:02 pm

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Insurance have fined Humana $65,000 after investigating complaints about a letter the company sent to policyholders.

In August, letters were sent to over 6,000 members, saying they had 30 days to renew their plans for 2014, or they would have to choose a more expensive option that complies with the Affordable Care Act.

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Society
3:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Peel & Holland on The Affordable Care Act Part 2

Heather Elliot of Peel & Holland in Benton and Murray joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good. They walk through the second of a three part series on changes we're looking at with the implementation of The Affordable Care Act. This conversation begins with the big question, "What's it going to cost me?" and "Is the government going to help me pay my premium?" Peel & Holland has compiled comprehensive information on what that entails for families and businesses on their website. Click here to read more.

Government
12:36 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Urging Senate Democrats to Join Defund Obamacare Fight, McConnell Rejects Cruz's Plan

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:46 am

Speaking on the Senate floor, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell cut ties with Sen. Ted Cruz's threat to use a filibuster against a bill with language defunding the president's health care law.

Facing increasing criticism from conservative groups and a primary opponent, McConnell argued Senate Democrats need to join the effort in order to take out funding for Obamacare while avoiding a government shutdown.

"I just don’t happen to think filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare," McConnell said. "All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded. And none of us want that."

The House passed a spending measure to fund the federal government past Oct. 1, but it does not pay for the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz is urging the GOP caucus to vote against that legislation because Democrats have indicated they will amend it to restore the health care law's funding. He argues any vote to bring the bill to the Senate floor is in effective supporting Obamacare as a whole.

Rather than focus on GOP infighting, McConnell proposed Democrats ought to join the effort to defund the law by having a simple majority vote on the House bill.

"Democrats have been hearing the same complaints about Obamacare the rest of us have. The spotlight should really be on them. This is a rare opportunity to defund the law with a simple majority. We should have that vote," he said.

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Society
2:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Peel & Holland on The Affordable Care Act Part 1

Heather Elliot of Peel & Holland in Benton and Murray joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good. They walk through the first of a three part series on changes we're looking at with the implementation of The Affordable Care Act. Peel & Holland has compiled comprehensive information on what that entails for families and businesses on their website. Click here to read more.

Business
4:36 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

KY Chamber Rep on what the Affordable Care Act Means for Businesses

An overview of how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect you and your business is on the horizon for attendees of this Thursday's Business@Breakfast of the Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and Murray State's Town & Gown office. It starts at 7:30 a.m. in MSU's Curris Center Ballroom. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presentation includes several online and in-person resource options. Its Manager of Public Affairs, Ashli Watts, brings the program. The Campbellsville University and University of Louisville graduate worked at the Kentucky Bar Association and the LRC before joining the chamber last year. Kate Lochte has the interview.

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Society
3:19 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Murray Calloway Co. Hospital CEO on Affordable Care Act

Credit Murray-Calloway County Hospital

Kate Lochte speaks with Jerry Penner, Murray Calloway County Hospital CEO, about his perspective on changes in healthcare as the Affordable Care Act provisions start kicking in. He talks about the immediate scan of issues pertaining specifically to the hospital, the business prediction of the full impact of healthcare changes on the community, and how healthcare exchanges will work once implemented fully. Click here for more about the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

Society
1:35 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Vanderbilt Medical Center Cuts Jobs

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center has cut an unspecified number of jobs across departments at the academic medical center.

Vanderbilt spokesman John Howser told The Tennessean the cuts were not considered layoffs. Howser said Vanderbilt, one of the city's largest private employers, was taking steps to address workplace performance.

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Government
2:04 am
Mon July 1, 2013

You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

Families soon will be able to sign up for new health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act. In Washington, D.C., Dr. Cheryl Focht of Mary's Center performs a checkup of Jayson Gonzalez, 16, while his mother, Elizabeth Lopez, looks on.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 9:25 am

The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin less than three months from now. Oct. 1 is when people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. The policies would kick in on Jan. 1, 2014.

It can all be a little confusing, we agree. So two weeks ago, we asked what you wanted to know about the health law.

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Government
4:47 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

KY Tea Party Asks Judge to Decide Health Care Lawsuit

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Kentucky tea party activists have asked a judge to resolve a lawsuit over the legality of the state’s health benefit exchange by granting a summary judgment.  Attorney Michael Dean filed a motion today (Thursday) asking Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepard to rule in favor of the activists.  They also want a permanent injunction shutting down the exchange, which is a product of the Affordable Care Act intended to help the uninsured find health coverage.  Attorneys for the state asked last month that the suit be dismissed, but Shepard refused. 

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Government
1:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky's Insurance Exchange Is Named, 'Similiar to Travelocity or Expedia' Experience

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   Kentucky's new exchange for people on the market for healthcare now has a name and  a website.

It'll be called Kynect—pronounced "connect." People can access it at kynect.ky.gov. A phone line will be running in August.

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