health insurance exchange http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Prepares To Open Online Health Insurance Marketplace http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-prepares-open-online-health-insurance-marketplace <p>Kentucky&#39;s health insurance exchange&mdash;an element of Obamacare&mdash; opens Tuesday to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Kentuckians. For the first time they&rsquo;ll be able to shop around online for health insurance that&rsquo;s competing for business.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:53:01 +0000 Devin Katayama 7000 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Prepares To Open Online Health Insurance Marketplace 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 Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange Board Will Meet, Rename Exchange http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-health-insurance-exchange-board-will-meet-rename-exchange <p>The advisory board tasked with overseeing Kentucky's health insurance exchange is set to have its first meeting Thursday.</p><p>The 19-member board is made up of public officials, insurance executives, doctors and consumer groups.&nbsp;The agenda is short, focusing mainly on organizational tasks like forming subcommittees. The board is also getting an overview of the exchange from Executive Director Carrie Banahan.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:50:01 +0000 Kenny Colston 1805 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-mental-behavioral-health-centers-prepare-influx-newly-insured-patients <p>As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry.</p><p>Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple says at least 25 percent of uninsured Americans have behavioral issues that need attention. And once the Affordable Care Act takes effect, he's expecting to see a flood of newly-insured patients seeking treatments.</p><p>More patients means a higher demand for doctors. And Zipple says the state needs to act to recruit enough professionals before the flood begins.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:16:32 +0000 Kenny Colston 1780 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients Beshear Appoints Insurers, Advocates to Health Insurance Exchange Board http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-appoints-insurers-advocates-health-insurance-exchange-board <p>Governor Steve Beshear has named the members of the state health insurance exchange board.</p><p>The now-19 member board includes top level officials from Kentucky's major insurers, including Anthem, Humana and Bluegrass Family Health.</p><p>It also includes represents from the state’s major hospitals, including Central Baptist in Lexington and KentuckyOne Health, which operates statewide.</p><p>Patient advocate groups, including Kentucky Voices for Health, AARP and Kentucky Youth Advocates, also have seats on the board.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:08:45 +0000 Kenny Colston 1707 at http://wfpl.org Health Insurance Exchange Explained http://wfpl.org/post/health-insurance-exchange-explained <div>After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the&nbsp;federal health care law pushed by President Obama, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky would create a state health insurance exchange and eligible for federal subsidies under the new law. Also in Indiana.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So how will it work? We found out Friday on Byline, with Julie Appleby, a senior correspondent for the nonprofit news service Kaiser Health News (a program of the Henry J. Sat, 08 Sep 2012 23:41:10 +0000 Laura Ellis 1591 at http://wfpl.org Health Insurance Exchange Confounds Lawmakers http://wfpl.org/post/health-insurance-exchange-confounds-lawmakers <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">A health insurance exchange is required under the healthcare law, and will allow Kentuckians to compare and purchase insurance plans. But confusion about the exchange remains; lawmakers say information on the exchange is lacking, and want to know what the price tag will be. Kenny Colston has covered the story for WFPL and Kentucky Public Radio. He joined us on Friday's Byline to fill us in on just what we still don't know about how the exchange will work.</span></p> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 1367 at http://wfpl.org Health Insurance Exchange Confounds Lawmakers