Affordable Healthcare Act

Society
1:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

More Scrutiny Coming For Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:29 am

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.

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Shots - Health News
9:47 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

This flea market in Colorado Springs and the Obamacare exchanges are versions of the same thing — marketplaces where sellers display wares and shoppers browse and buy.
www.csfleamarket.com

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. So, what can we say about what the public is getting for its money.

First, if you want to visualize what these marketplaces are, what the $4 billion-plus in federal grants to states paid for, think: flea market.

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Society
4:12 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

How Affordable Health Care Act Guidelines Effect Murray Volunteer Clinic

Angels Community Clinic Executive Director Sherry Crittendon

With the Affordable Health Care Act now in effect, a question has come up as to the future of local volunteer healthcare clinics, like the Angels Community Clinic in Murray, which provides free medical and pharmacy services to residents of Calloway County who work but cannot afford insurance coverage. The clinic's Executive Director Sherry Crittenden visits Sounds Good to discuss changes in the guidelines and their continuing service in Murray.

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Health Care
4:15 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Young Invincibles Vital to Health Insurance Exchanges, But They're Slowly Signing Up

Wyatt Severs at work in his shop in Murray.

With the deadline for open enrollment coming in March, the people behind Kentucky’s health insurance exchange kynect are reaching out to an important group of people.

Young Invincibles are those uninsured and between 18 and 30 years old. Wyatt Severs fits in that group. He’s a 30-year-old artist and teacher.

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Government
8:17 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Governor Beshear Takes A Bow For Successful Kynect Rollout

Credit governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state’s implementation of the federal health care law is one of his administration's top accomplishments in 2013.

Beshear says his decision to implement the state health care exchange and expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act was an effort to address Kentucky’s historically low health rankings.

"As we do this, and as our people get affordable health coverage, their lives are going to change, the lives of their children are going to change, and over the next generation, we will have here in Kentucky a much healthier population, a much healthier workforce, and therefore a much more productive workforce," says Beshear. 

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Obama On Health Care Rollout: 'We Screwed It Up'

Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 4:46 pm

President Obama, in his final news conference of the year, sought to put the best face on a difficult first year of his second term.

Speaking a few hours before he heads to Hawaii for a two-week vacation, Obama is meeting with reporters at the White House.

He touted the improving economy, saying 2 million jobs had been added in 2013, with the unemployment rate now at its lowest level in five years.

"2014 can be a breakthrough year," he said.

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Health
10:46 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Kynect Shows Strong Growth In Enrollees Since Thanksgiving

Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is reporting strong gains in new enrollees since Thanksgiving.  

The Governor’s office released statistics late Friday afternoon showing Kynect had added 24,140 Kentuckians to a list of the newly insured.  About 5,400 of those were added in the last week. 

According to Kynect's website, the total number of Kentuckians who have enrolled in a new health insurance plan 84, 422.

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Society
3:50 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Biography Focuses on Eastern Kentucky Health Activist

Credit wikipedia.org

A longtime Eastern Kentucky health activist is unsure what the federal healthcare overhaul will mean for a clinic she started. For forty years, Hall’s Mud Creek Clinic in Grethel, a rural community roughly 20 miles from Pikeville, has weathered hard times. 

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Government
1:26 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor's Office Reports 137,000 Visitors To Kynect in First Three Days

More than 16-thousand individuals and families in Kentucky have started applications on Kynect, the state’s online health benefit exchange, since it launched Tuesday.

Governor Steve Beshear’s office released statistics today detailing the site's traffic.  In under four days, more than 137,000 visitors have clicked on the site.  Some 93% of those visitors conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid.  

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Society
1:35 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Vanderbilt Medical Center Cuts Jobs

Credit vanderbilthealth.com

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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