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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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Health Care
4:15 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Young Invincibles Vital to Health Insurance Exchanges, But They're Slowly Signing Up

Wyatt Severs at work in his shop in Murray.

With the deadline for open enrollment coming in March, the people behind Kentucky’s health insurance exchange kynect are reaching out to an important group of people.

Young Invincibles are those uninsured and between 18 and 30 years old. Wyatt Severs fits in that group. He’s a 30-year-old artist and teacher.

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Government
1:19 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Ky. Insurance Plan for High-Risk Individuals Ends Tomorrow

  Kentucky’s state-run insurance plan for high-risk individuals ends Tuesday, making way for mandatory health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Kentucky state Rep. Steve Riggs of Louisville helped sponsor the legislation that implemented Kentucky Access fourteen years ago, and says the program has served a good purpose.

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Government
9:05 am
Tue December 24, 2013

KY Sees Insurance Rush Ahead of Monday Deadline

Credit kynect.ky.gov

Kentucky has seen a surge in sign-ups for Medicaid and medical insurance as Monday’s deadline approached for those who want coverage to begin next week.  Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange spokeswoman Gwenda Bond says about 100,000 people have signed up, most of them on Medicaid.  Bond says enrollment has gone from about 1,000 to 3,000 people a day in the past week. 

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Government
8:17 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Governor Beshear Takes A Bow For Successful Kynect Rollout

Credit governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state’s implementation of the federal health care law is one of his administration's top accomplishments in 2013.

Beshear says his decision to implement the state health care exchange and expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act was an effort to address Kentucky’s historically low health rankings.

"As we do this, and as our people get affordable health coverage, their lives are going to change, the lives of their children are going to change, and over the next generation, we will have here in Kentucky a much healthier population, a much healthier workforce, and therefore a much more productive workforce," says Beshear. 

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Health Care
4:44 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Nearly 100K Kentuckians Have Signed Up for Health Insurance through Kynect

More than 92,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage through the state’s healthcare exchange, Kynect, since it opened in October.

Kynect’s executive director, Carrie Banahan, says that the expansion is result of a growing demand for the health exchange’s services, which shows no signs of slowing down.

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Health
10:46 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Kynect Shows Strong Growth In Enrollees Since Thanksgiving

Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is reporting strong gains in new enrollees since Thanksgiving.  

The Governor’s office released statistics late Friday afternoon showing Kynect had added 24,140 Kentuckians to a list of the newly insured.  About 5,400 of those were added in the last week. 

According to Kynect's website, the total number of Kentuckians who have enrolled in a new health insurance plan 84, 422.

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Government
3:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Kentucky Senate Republicans Want More Control Over Health Care Reforms

Credit http://blog.medi-share.org

While Kentucky’s online marketplace for health insurance is running well, some questions remain about its long term impact. 

Louisville Republican Julie Denton, who chairs the Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, still worries too many newly-insured Kentuckians will have costly health care needs.

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Shots - Health News
10:18 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Uninsured Fret About Getting Health Coverage By New Year's Day

For Tambra Momi, who has Dercum's disease, health coverage can't come soon enough.
Courtesy of Tambra Momi

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:07 am

Tambra Momi has been eagerly awaiting the promise of guaranteed health insurance.

Since 2011, she has battled Dercum's disease, a rare and painful condition in which noncancerous tumors sprout throughout her body, pressing against nerves.

Jobless and in a wheelchair, Momi needs nine different drugs, including one costing $380 a month, to control the pain and side effects. No insurer has been willing to cover her, she says, except a few that have taken her money and then refused to pay for her medications.

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Government
7:29 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Beshear To Comply With Obama Healthcare Directive

Credit ky.gov

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has directed the Kentucky Department of Insurance to comply with President Barack Obama's directive yesterday that could allow some 280,000 Kentuckians to keep their current insurance policies, at least for another year.

Beshear says the decision ultimately will be left to insurance companies, many of which have already invested much time and money into developing coverage plans that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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