healthcare 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 Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-based-kindred-healthcares-chairman-snares-loaded-retirement-package <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Kindred Healthcare Inc., retirement gifts have gone way beyond the farewell cake, the cheap wristwatch and the sendoff reception at the local sports bar.</span></p><p>Last December the Louisville-based hospital and nursing home chain announced that its chairman, Edward Kuntz, would be quitting the board of directors after its annual shareholders meeting in May. Kuntz is 68 and has been chairman since 1999. Until 2004, he was also the company’s chief executive. “</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:31:00 +0000 James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 8957 at http://wfpl.org Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package KentuckyOne Health Lays Off 500, Cuts 200 Vacant Jobs http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckyone-health-lays-500-cuts-200-vacant-jobs <p>Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health has laid off about 500 employees and cut 200 vacant positions in an effort to address a $218-million budget deficit.</p><p>In a <a href="http://kentuckyoneemployees.org/Becoming-KentuckyOne/Video-Messages.aspx#.UxH0HbRsA20">video posted Friday to&nbsp;employees, </a>KentuckyOne chief executive Ruth Brinkley confirmed the layoffs and said the laid-off employees would be given priority consideration for jobs in the system.</p><p>In January, KentuckyOne&nbsp;said it needed to make up $218-million by the end of its 2015 fiscal year.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:20:19 +0000 Joseph Lord 8746 at http://wfpl.org KentuckyOne Health Lays Off 500, Cuts 200 Vacant Jobs Kentucky's Kynect Health Exchange Tops 200,000 Enrollees http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-kynect-health-exchange-tops-200000-enrollees <p>Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office.</p><p>New data says an average 1,600 people are signing up each day.</p><p>As of Friday, three-fourths of those who have signed up have enrolled in the expanded <a href="/term/affordable-care-act">Medicaid program. </a>And the remaining quarter have enrolled in new private plans.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8460 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Kynect Health Exchange Tops 200,000 Enrollees Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Talks on Kosair Children's Hospital Breakdown http://wfpl.org/post/norton-healthcare-university-louisville-talks-kosair-childrens-hospital-breakdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember the dispute between the University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare over the operation of </span>Kosair<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Children's Hospital?</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It appears the matter is going court.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:38:30 +0000 Joseph Lord & Devin Katayama 8351 at http://wfpl.org Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Talks on Kosair Children's Hospital Breakdown Greater Clark Schools Officials Hope New Employee Medical Clinic Will Save Money http://wfpl.org/post/greater-clark-schools-officials-hope-new-employee-medical-clinic-will-save-money <p>Greater Clark County Schools teachers and staff can now visit a new medical clinic for their basic healthcare needs.</p><p>Officials say they hope the new clinic will save the district as much as $1 million in healthcare costs this year, while also having the potential to lower insurance premium costs for employees in the future.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 8294 at http://wfpl.org Greater Clark Schools Officials Hope New Employee Medical Clinic Will Save Money 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 A Deadline Looms to Sign Up for Kentucky Health Exchange http://wfpl.org/post/deadline-looms-sign-kentucky-health-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentuckians will have until midnight Tuesday to sign up for a new health care policy through </span>Kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state’s health insurance exchange, in order for the policy to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:02:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8005 at http://wfpl.org A Deadline Looms to Sign Up for Kentucky Health Exchange Number of Kentuckians Who Must Upgrade Health Plans Under Obamacare Lower Than Expected http://wfpl.org/post/number-kentuckians-who-must-upgrade-health-plans-under-obamacare-lower-expected <p>The number of Kentuckians who have to upgrade their health insurance plans under the new federal healthcare law is lower than expected.</p><p>Initial reports indicated that about 280,000 insured Kentuckians would be forced to switch to new plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The Kentucky Department of Insurance reports that the number is now closer to 168,000 people.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:49:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7988 at http://wfpl.org Number of Kentuckians Who Must Upgrade Health Plans Under Obamacare Lower Than Expected