Affordable Care Act

KY Rolls Out kynect

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.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that emergency rules covering people dispensing advice about the new health insurance exchange are not designed to hinder enrollment.

Haslam told reporters after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new hotel in downtown Nashville that the background check requirement is meant to protect people from fraud.

The online insurance marketplaces launching Tuesday are a major part of President Barack Obama's health care law. Haslam said he wants the exchange to succeed despite his opposition to the overall health care law.

Peel & Holland on The Affordable Care Act Part 3

Sep 30, 2013

Heather Elliot of Peel & Holland in Benton and Murray joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good. They walk through the third of a three part series on changes we're looking at with the implementation of The Affordable Care Act.

This conversation begins with the question, "It's happening... What do I do?"

What about people whose work has employees travel beyond the coverage areas specified in their plans? Also, what about early renewal options? Peel & Holland has compiled comprehensive information on what that entails for families and businesses on their website. Click here to read more.

We probably don't need to tell you that it's almost certain there will be a partial shutdown of the federal government just after midnight Monday.

But we do want to lay out the day's agenda.

In a robust defense of Obamacare, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state's health care needs come before the divisive partisan politics to defund the law in Washington.

The op-ed in The New York Times on Friday continues Beshear's arguments in favor of the law, which is set to be implemented beginning Oct. 1.

In Kentucky, nearly one in six are uninsured and the state ranks at the bottom of nearly every major health measure.

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Tennessee’s biggest Obamacare critics are trying to squelch any excitement for cheaper-than-expected insurance rates – 16 percent lower than original estimates. And the White House announced this week that the state will have some of the least expensive plans in the country.

The Administration is highlighting what barebones coverage would cost a 27-year-old man. According to the tables – $119 a month on average.

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.

Peel & Holland on The Affordable Care Act Part 2

Sep 24, 2013

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.

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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