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4:08 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gov Beshear Remarks Strong Numbers in 2nd kynect Enrollment Opening Week

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Gov. Steve Beshear says the first week of kynect’s latest open enrollment period is “going strong.”

The governor’s office reports that the health exchange’s website received 72,000 visits in the last week with more than 6,400 new applications submitted and 4,100 Kentuckians newly enrolled. 

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Government
2:34 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Guthrie Wants Obamacare "Re-Write", Focus on Getting Medical Devices on U.S. Market Sooner

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Republican from Bowling Green

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 2:29 pm

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman is predicting a major “re-write” of the Affordable Care Act next year.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie would have an up-close view of such an effort, as he was named vice-chair of a key House Health Subcommittee Wednesday.

Guthrie says the complicated structure of the federal health law makes it difficult to change certain aspects of the A.C.A without creating unintended consequences elsewhere.

“You hear a lot of people say, ‘let’s keep what we like and fix what we don’t like.’ And there are things that we need as part of our system. We need to make sure that people have health care if they’re sick, and pre-existing conditions don’t push them out of the marketplace.”

But the Bowling Green Republican said adding so many additional Americans to the healthcare system made it impossible for President Obama to keep his pledge that everyone could keep the doctor and health plan that they wanted.

The Congressman also expressed concern about states—like Kentucky—that expanded their Medicaid rolls as part of Obamacare.

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Government
2:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Beshear: 2nd Kynect Open Enrollment Period Begins Saturday

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Governor Steve Beshear has announced a new open period for Kentuckians to enroll in kynect, the state-sponsored health care exchange, as well as new technical improvements to the site.

In a press conference today, Beshear touted the fact that Kentucky was hailed by President Obama as a leading national example of successful Affordable Care Act implementation. 

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Society
1:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

More Scrutiny Coming For Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 3:17 pm

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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Health
3:35 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

What Would Happen to Kynect if the Affordable Care Act Were Repealed?

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:06 pm

Kynect cannot survive without the Affordable Care Act, according to its director and a Kentucky public health educator.

The Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, has been a hot political topic since before President Obama signed it into law in 2010. The issue has been a leading point of contention between the leading candidates in Kentucky's high-profile Senate race.

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Health
4:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kynect Benefiting HIV/AIDS Patients, Programs

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The expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act is benefiting a program run by the state that prescribes medication to low-income patients with  HIV and AIDS. 

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Government
2:54 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kentucky's Uninsured Rate Drops to Second-Lowest in Nation

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The percentage of people without health insurance in Kentucky has dropped to the second-lowest rate in the nation.

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Government
12:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

kynect Premium Numbers Are In and They're Close to Federal Counterparts

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Kentucky’s health benefits marketplace customers’ average premiums are slightly higher than the national average.

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Government
3:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th Lowest for Uninsured

A new report finds Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state. 

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Government
4:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beshear Addresses National Health Care Conference

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Gov. Steve Beshear addressed a national health care conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday to once again tout Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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