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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials said on Wednesday the company will no longer offer health insurance plans in 61 counties in Kentucky in 2018. 

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal Sept. 30.

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  The Hopkinsville-Christian County League of Women Voters is holding an informational forum this month on the rising costs of health care.

Congress and the Trump administration could boost insurance coverage by a couple of million people and lower premiums by taking a few actions to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance markets, according to a new analysis by the consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

The shrinking unemployment rate has been a healthy turn of events for people with job-based insurance.

Eager to attract good help in a tight labor market — and unsure of the future of the Affordable Care Act — large employers are newly committed to maintaining health coverage for workers and often for their families, too, according to new research and interviews with business analysts.

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  Insurance rates for individual and small group plans in Kentucky could increase an average of more than 13 percent next year. Insurance carriers have filed their requested rate increases with the Kentucky Department of Insurance.

The Senate vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is, according to conventional wisdom, one week away.

And we still don't know what's in the bill.

Not having concrete information is deeply uncomfortable for a journalist like me.

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  An Obama-era program to change how small businesses insure their employees will be majorly scaled back.

On Monday, President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would gut the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, SHOP created an insurance marketplace for small businesses that is similar to Healthcare.gov. And while SHOP was never a very popular program that had its own troubles, it ended up spurring private insurers to make changes to the way they provide insurance to small businesses.

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Federal lawmakers are moving ahead with a new approach to health care that includes changing the way insurers cover pre-existing health conditions.

When the Congressional Budget Office on Monday announced that the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would lead to 24 million people losing insurance coverage, Tom Price cried foul.

Price, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the estimate that 14 million people would lose insurance in a year, and another 10 million over the following nine years, was "virtually impossible."

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