insurance http://wfpl.org en 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 In Jefferson County, 16 Percent of Residents Don't Have Insurance http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-16-percent-residents-dont-have-insurance <p>Sixteen percent of Jefferson County residents don't have health insurance, according to <a href="http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/data/interactive/#view=data&amp;utilBtn=&amp;yLB=0&amp;stLB=18&amp;aLB=0&amp;sLB=0&amp;iLB=0&amp;rLB=0&amp;countyCBSelected=true&amp;insuredRBG=pu_&amp;multiYearSelected=false&amp;multiYearAlertFlag=false">data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau</a>.</p><p>That's just about even with the state average.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:57:44 +0000 Gabe Bullard 6653 at http://wfpl.org In Jefferson County, 16 Percent of Residents Don't Have Insurance State Chooses Anthem Plan as Benchmark for Insurance Exchange http://wfpl.org/post/state-chooses-anthem-plan-benchmark-insurance-exchange <p>State officials have chosen the new benchmark program for the Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange.</p><p>Officials have recommended the state’s so-called small group plan, provided by Anthem, as the benchmark. All other plans offered in the exchange must provide similar or better care.</p><p>The state says the plan is affordable and broad enough to adequately provide for Kentuckians.</p><p>But consumer advocates haven't yet decided to endorse the state's decision.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 20:27:26 +0000 Kenny Colston 1887 at http://wfpl.org State Chooses Anthem Plan as Benchmark for Insurance Exchange Proposed Law Would End the Battle Between State and Christian Health Sharing Organization http://wfpl.org/post/proposed-law-would-end-battle-between-state-and-christian-health-sharing-organization <p>A Tea Party activist is hoping to end a decade-long battle between the Kentucky Department of Insurance and a Christian health sharing organization.</p><p>Christian Care Medishare pools money from members in various states to pay medical bills for members in need. The group has a religious exemption to certain federal rules governing insurance companies. But the state has not made such concessions.</p><p>Now, activist David Adams is teaming up with Republican state Senator Tom Buford to push a bill that would grant Medishare its exemptions.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:05:01 +0000 Kenny Colston 1353 at http://wfpl.org Proposed Law Would End the Battle Between State and Christian Health Sharing Organization