Obamacare http://wfpl.org en Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured http://wfpl.org/post/report-kentucky-ranks-10th-us-lowest-rate-uninsured <p>Kentucky’s<a href="/term/kynect"> implementation of the Affordable Care Act</a> has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state, according to a report release Wednesday.</p><p>The report by the<a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/rates-of-uninsured-by-state-before-after-obamacare/4800/">&nbsp;consumer advice website WalletHub </a>said Kentucky now ranks 10th in the U.S. for the lowest rate of uninsured people—just under nine percent of the population. That number was over 17 percent before the ACA became law, reflecting an 8 percent drop in the rate in a year.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:31:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9741 at http://wfpl.org Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured Beshear: Separating Politics and Effects of Affordable Care Act a 'Very Fine Line' http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-separating-politics-and-effects-affordable-care-act-very-fine-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;touted Kentucky’s success in implementing the Affordable Care Act in an a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ddress Tuesday to a national healthcare conference &nbsp;in Washington.</span></p><p>Beshear told attendees at the State of Enrollment conference that while Kentuckians continue to hold a negative view of President Barack Obama and his health care law, residents are big fans of the<a href="/term/kynect"> state’s health insurance exchange, Kynect.</a></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:59:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9585 at http://wfpl.org Beshear: Separating Politics and Effects of Affordable Care Act a 'Very Fine Line' Alison Lundergan Grimes Inching Towards Obamacare Defense http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-inching-towards-obamacare-defense <p>The campaign manager for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is blasting Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for saying Kentucky's health exchange is unconnected to the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>"Mitch McConnell has been in the fantasyland that is Washington for so long that he cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction," says Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst.</p><p>Last Friday, McConnell repeated his call to repeal the president's health care law at a recent press conference.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:47:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9434 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Inching Towards Obamacare Defense Obamacare Presents Political Dilemmas for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/obamacare-presents-political-dilemmas-alison-lundergan-grimes-and-mitch-mcconnell <p>The health care law is a thorny subject for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.</p><p>For Grimes, the health care law's political unpopularity is a political boulder.</p><p>When asked twice by the Associated Press whether she would have voted for the federal overhaul four years ago, Grimes balked.</p><p>"I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act," Grimes told the AP.</p><p>Observers commented on how Grimes was caught flat-footed at the outset of the general election.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:09:18 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9427 at http://wfpl.org Obamacare Presents Political Dilemmas for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell As Kentucky Enrollees Rise Don't Expect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Embrace Health Care Law http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-enrollees-rise-dont-expect-alison-lundergan-grimes-embrace-health-care-law <p>Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't likely to embrace the Affordable Care Act even as Kentucky is being heralded for a high volume of enrollees.</p><p>Earlier this week, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced over 370,000 people have signed up thus far.</p><p>That includes <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/over-quarter-million-kentuckians-are-newly-insured-under-affordable-care-act">over a quarter of a million Kentuckians who will be insured for the first time</a> ever thanks to the law.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9053 at http://wfpl.org As Kentucky Enrollees Rise Don't Expect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Embrace Health Care Law Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act http://wfpl.org/post/over-quarter-million-kentuckians-are-newly-insured-under-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A vast majority of Kentuckians who have signed up for healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act are going to be insured for the first time in their lives.</p><p>More than 370,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage under the state’s insurance exchange, KyNect. The Governor’s Office reports that the number of enrollees “surged” in the days before the March 31st open enrollment deadline, with about 12,000 signing up for coverage on the deadline.</p><p>Here are the key numbers:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:11:46 +0000 Jonathan Meador & Phillip M. Bailey 9035 at http://wfpl.org Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-oks-bill-stripping-governor-power-implement-regulations <p>FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.</p><p></p><p>Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the legislature should be able to review regulations like the <a href="/post/kentucky-expanding-medicaid-under-affordable-care-act-gov-steve-beshear-says">Affordable Care Act </a>and <a href="/term/common-core">Common Core</a> school standards—both&nbsp;implemented by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear&nbsp;through regulatory means.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:45:59 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8505 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations Poll: Kentuckians Lack Information About Affordable Care Act as Favorability Declines http://wfpl.org/post/poll-kentuckians-lack-information-about-affordable-care-act-favorability-declines <p>A large majority of insured and uninsured Kentuckians say they still lack the necessary information about the Affordable Care Act to determine its impact on them.</p><p>And a declining number of residents view the federal overhaul favorably compared to two years ago.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8412 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Kentuckians Lack Information About Affordable Care Act as Favorability Declines Survey: Employer Health Insurance Coverage Rising in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/survey-employer-health-insurance-coverage-rising-kentucky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A two-year decline in the number of working-age </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who get health insurance from employers reversed in late 2013, according to survey results released Monday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.</span></p><p>The survey was done before the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and is meant to give a "baseline" for how Kentuckians&nbsp;are getting health insurance, so it can be compared to future years, said Susan Zepeda, president of the Foundation for a Health Kentucky.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:58:53 +0000 Joseph Lord 8222 at http://wfpl.org Survey: Employer Health Insurance Coverage Rising in Kentucky Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange Has 116,000 Enrollees http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-health-insurance-exchange-has-116000-enrollees <p>More than 116,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The Governor’s Office reports that enrollments through the state’s health exchange, KYnect (Connect), are up 93 percent since Thanksgiving. The exchange has averaged about thirteen-hundred new enrollees per day since it launched on Oct. 1.</p><p>About 1 in 4 enrollees have signed up for new private plans, with the rest joining Medicaid as a result of that program’s expansion.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8084 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange Has 116,000 Enrollees