health exchange

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has gotten a personal thank you from President Barack Obama for a smooth rollout of the health care overhaul in Kentucky.

Kentucky has not had the technical glitches that have plagued the federal health benefit exchange. More than 18,000 of Kentucky's 640,000 uninsured residents have signed up for coverage since Oct. 1.

And nearly 34,000 have completed applications. The federal exchange has been unable to accommodate large numbers of users. 

Kentucky’s health benefit exchange program has received conditional approval from the federal government. The commonwealth is among 15 states operating their own health care exchanges. The government-managed health plans goes into effect January 2014.

Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky is on track to meet federal deadlines to create and manage its own health exchange, as mandated by the new health care reform law. That's despite heated debate inside the joint Health and Welfare committee last month over the legality of the governor's executive order creating the exchange.

A Benton optometrist says he wants to make health insurance plans more accessible and more understandable for small businesses.  Dr. Joe Ellis of EyeCare Associates of Kentucky is among 19 appointees to the state’s new Health Exchange Board. Governor Steve Beshear established the board to review policies and make recommendations for Kentucky’s state-run health insurance exchange.

Governor Steve Beshear has decide to expand the board of the new health insurance exchange, while also naming those members today.

The now-19 member board includes top level officials from Kentucky’s major insurers, including Anthem, Humana and Bluegrass Family Health.

The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’'s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month.

The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up exchanges in which residents can compare and purchase health plans. Governor Steve Beshear choose to set up the state exchange earlier this year, rather than let the federal government operate the system.