Affordable Care Act http://wfpl.org en Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion Is Nearly Complete http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-medicaid-expansion-nearly-complete <p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is almost complete.</p><p>Lawrence Kissner, commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services, told lawmakers Thursday his<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9843 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion Is Nearly Complete Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-unaffected-contradictory-health-care-rulings <p>A <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/federal-appeals-court-panel-deals-major-blow-to-health-law/2014/07/22/c86dd2ce-06a5-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html">pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act</a> issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:09:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9829 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings 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 New Face-To-Face Exams Aim To End Medicare Fraud, But Not All in Louisville Think It'll Work http://wfpl.org/post/new-face-face-exams-aim-end-medicare-fraud-not-all-louisville-think-itll-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jean </span>Lonergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been a Medicare beneficiary since 1998.&nbsp; She had knee surgery about a decade ago.&nbsp; She’s also had back surgery and suffers from a spinal disease.</span></p><p>The 71-year-old Louisville resident said she is “fairly savvy” when it comes to dealing with salespeople—but a few weeks ago she invited a medical supplies salesman into her home.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:55:20 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9689 at http://wfpl.org New Face-To-Face Exams Aim To End Medicare Fraud, But Not All in Louisville Think It'll Work 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 State Defunding Attempts Won't Hurt Affordable Care Act In Kentucky, Says House Speaker Greg Stumbo http://wfpl.org/post/state-defunding-attempts-wont-hurt-affordable-care-act-kentucky-says-house-speaker-greg-stumbo <p>Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.</p><p>Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.</p><p>But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's largely symbolic.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:35:16 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9032 at http://wfpl.org State Defunding Attempts Won't Hurt Affordable Care Act In Kentucky, Says House Speaker Greg Stumbo