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A large majority of Kentuckians want state leaders to make the reduction of health care costs a top priority, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll released this week.

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  State Sen. Ralph Alvarado is looking into whether Kentucky can start selling its successful health insurance exchange program — Kynect — to other states.

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The American Cancer Society predicts nearly 235,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. The key word is "invasive" says Murray Calloway County Hospital Wellness Works Coordinator Melissa Ross, because this form of breast cancer can be prevented with routine mammograms. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about their new breast cancer prevention awareness campaign at the hospital.

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Sunday at midnight is the deadline for Kentuckians to sign up through Kentucky’s health care exchange to get coverage for 2015.

The Governor’s office reports more than 150,000 people have signed up for health care coverage since the current enrollment period began November 15.

Those without a plan after February 15th could face a tax penalty when filing this year that could exceed the annual cost of insurance.  

The rate of uninsured Kentuckians has dropped—and the number of people with employer-sponsored coverage continues to rise, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Fifty percent of Kentucky adults are insured through their employer or their spouse’s employer, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll found.

In 2012, 37 percent of adults had coverage through an employer or a spouse’s employer.

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Jaye Allen is a Kynector, paid by the state to help assist people with health insurance. It’s her job to meet with people face-to-face in order to enroll them in a plan under the Affordable Care Act.

She’s had the job since September, and she estimates she’s helped 400 people select a plan that fits both their needs and their budget.

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A new statewide poll shows public opinion is split on the Affordable Care Act.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll released Thursday says 41 percent of Kentuckians polled have an unfavorable view of the law. 39 percent had a favorable view, and 20 percent hadn’t made up their minds yet. 

FRANKFORT — In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Steve Beshear celebrated many of his major policy accomplishments during his tenure and called on lawmakers to continue moving the 2015 session toward job-creation initiatives.

The over-riding theme of Wednesday evening’s address was Beshear’s advocacy for workforce development in Kentucky, and the four ways he says he’s strengthened it: early childhood development, education reform, affordable healthcare, and low taxes.

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According to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 77 percent of adults in the state know about the state's online health insurance marketplace. 

But, the survey released this week also indicates only 17 percent of uninsured adults say they have tried to get more information about Kynect. 

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