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More than 8,500 people with expanded Medicaid coverage got breast cancer screenings in May and June of this year. And more people covered under the expansion received dental, diabetes, Hepatitis C and colorectal cancer screenings.

For Freida Lockaby, an unemployed 56-year-old woman who lives with her dog in an aging mobile home in Manchester, Ky., one of America's poorest places, the Affordable Care Act was life altering.

The law allowed Kentucky to expand Medicaid in 2014 and made Lockaby – along with 440,000 other low-income state residents – newly eligible for free health care under the state-federal insurance program. Enrollment gave Lockaby her first insurance in 11 years.

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The number of emergency room visits in Kentucky hasn’t gone up much since Medicaid expanded or people started getting coverage on the individual market. That’s according to a new report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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The federal comment period for Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed Medicaid changes closes this weekend. Kentuckians have voiced concerns at a series of forums across the commonwealth. 

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A state attorney general’s investigator now under scrutiny by his office has been accused at least three times of lying to grand juries in recent years.

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A collective of Kentucky health care advocates is holding a series of forums to get feedback on changes to Medicaid.  

The Keep Kentucky Covered coalition stops in 8 cities statewide including Paducah.  

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Benefind launched in late February and erroneously sent out about 25,000 notices to people saying that their benefits had been canceled. 

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The secretary of Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services said officials will be making some changes to Governor Matt Bevin's Medicaid proposal. 

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Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed changes to the state's Medicaid program would end routine dental and vision coverage for able-bodied adults in a state where more than half of population over 18 have had a tooth extracted because of decay or gum disease. 

Many babies born to mothers who are covered by Medicaid are automatically eligible for that health insurance coverage during their first year of life. In a handful of states, the same is true for babies born to women covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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