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The health care industry in Kentucky continued to add jobs in 2015, according to newly revised data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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UPDATED (with former Gov. Steve Beshear's response)

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin claims that dismantling the state’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, is going to cost much less than some have estimated.


As Governor Matt Bevin prepares to re-design Kentucky’s Medicaid program, a new national survey shows the commonwealth with the second-largest gains in insurance coverage. More than half-a-million Kentuckians obtained coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. Some 80 percent of the newly insured went onto the Medicaid rolls. But many Medicaid enrollees are worried about what lies ahead under the state’s new Republican governor. From member station WKYU, Lisa Autry introduces us to one of them in this report.

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Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries and other welfare recipients will apply for services using a new website called Benefind starting Feb. 29.

Medicaid recipients previously applied for benefits using Kynect, the state health exchange that Gov. Matt Bevin has promised to dismantle by the end of the year.

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Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has started an education and advocacy campaign called Save Kentucky Healthcare. The campaign says it will work on a grassroots level to inform Kentuckians of the impacts of dismantling key parts of Kentucky's health reform.

Former Governor Steve Beshear is forming a new initiative to educate Kentuckians about the effects of dismantling Kynect and altering Medicaid expansion. 

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  Governor Matt Bevin’s promise to dismantle Kynect has not left Murray Calloway County Hospital untouched. However, CEO Jerry Penner says Bevin’s promise won’t diminish patient volume or care.

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The deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage through Kentucky’s state-sponsored exchange is midnight this Sunday.  

This is kynect’s final open-enrollment period for individuals as Governor Matt Bevin has notified the federal government he intends to dismantle the exchange established by his predecessor Steve Beshear.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has notified the federal government that Kentucky will dismantle its state health insurance exchange, Kynect.

The move will direct Kentuckians seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to use the federal health insurance site,

More than 500,000 people have gotten health insurance through Kynect.

J. Tyler Franklin, Louisville Public Media

  Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday said he intends to ask the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to “transform the way in which Medicaid is delivered in Kentucky.”

Reshaping the Medicaid expansion instituted by his predecessor, Steve Beshear, was a key promise of Bevin’s earlier this year as he sought the governorship.