Shots - Health News
9:47 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

This flea market in Colorado Springs and the Obamacare exchanges are versions of the same thing — marketplaces where sellers display wares and shoppers browse and buy.

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. So, what can we say about what the public is getting for its money.

First, if you want to visualize what these marketplaces are, what the $4 billion-plus in federal grants to states paid for, think: flea market.

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12:34 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Kentucky SHIP Navigates Medicare & Medicaid Options

Today on Sounds Good we meet Kellie Oliver, the new State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator. SHIP provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers. The program seeks to educate the public and Medicare beneficiaries so they are better able to make informed decisions on healthcare.

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4:29 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Policy Institute: Kentucky's 80K Obamacare Enrollees Acquired at More Than $3K Each


A public policy analyst says Kentucky spent thousands in taxpayer dollars to acquire each enrollee on the commonwealth's health insurance marketplace.

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2:30 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Beshear: More Than 10% of Kentuckians Insured Through kynect

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The Kentucky Governor office says that more than one in every 10 Kentuckians now have affordable health care thanks to the initial open enrollment period for kynect, Kentucky's state-based helath benefit exchange.

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Health Care
3:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Extension Deadline Nears for Kynect Open Enrollment

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Kentuckians have just a little more than one day left to apply for health insurance through the state’s health benefits exchange, kynect.

Kentucky extended its open enrollment deadline for those who couldn’t finish the application by the original March 31 deadline. Calloway County kynnector Susan Hood says the extension is mainly for those who wish to purchase qualified health plans, those eligible for tax credits and subsidies.

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12:38 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Kynect Extending Enrollment Period Due to High Demand During Initial Deadline

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Kentucky’s health benefits exchange kynect is extending its enrollment period due to high demand during the initial March 31 deadline.

The extension for applications begins today and ends April 11. Kentuckians who completed their applications by the initial deadline can select a plan through April 15, with coverage beginning May 1.

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5:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

'Sign Up Saturday' Encourages Kentuckians to Enroll in Health Insurance Before Deadline


With a major deadline looming, nearly 300-thousand Kentuckians have signed up for insurance through the state's health benefit exchange.

To avoid a tax penalty next year, people must have purchased insurance by March 31st, or at least be insured for nine months of the year. 

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4:35 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear Launches Kentucky Health Initiative

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Gov. Steve Beshear is launching a new initiative aimed at improving Kentucky’s health outcomes over the next five years.

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2:04 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Kynect Enrollment Tops 200,000

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Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office. 

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It's All Politics
3:32 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

Kentucky's Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, has gotten considerable attention for embracing President Obama's Affordable Care Act and adopting the Common Core educational standards.
Roger Alford AP

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:44 pm

Steve Beshear couldn't help but chuckle during the State of the Union speech when President Obama said, "Kentucky's not the most liberal part of the country."

Obama was singling out his fellow Democrat for being the rare Southern governor who has fully implemented the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid and running a state health insurance exchange that launched far more smoothly than the federal model.

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