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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. 

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.

Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The governor says education is his top priority and that the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.

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


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.”

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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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A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating. Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.

Stumbo raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp.

Community leaders from across the region are invited to attend a planning seminar to discuss the impacts of the coming I-69 corridor.  “I-69: Our Road To The Future” will examine the effects interstates have had on communities and prepare officials from Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee for future economic growth. Executive Director of the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Lee Lingo said the interstate is going to be one of the most significant changes to occur in the Pennyrile region.

Community Early Childhood Councils in nine western Kentucky counties are among the fifty-eight across the Commonwealth that will receive almost $1.2 million in grants to promote school readiness.  Governor Steve Beshear announced the awards this week.  Calloway, Christian, Daviess, Graves, Marshall, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, and Muhlenberg will see a total of $160,000 in funding. 

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he wasn't given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. But he says he doesn't see it as a slight.  The governor says he's eager to help Grimes in her effort to unseat five-term Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year. Beshear himself lost a Senate race to McConnell in the 1990s. 

Gov. Steve Beshear met with new U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Monday,  regarding the uncertain future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its 1,100 workers.

Beshear called his meeting with Moniz  a “productive exchange.”