Affordable Care Act http://wfpl.org en 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 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 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 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 Poll: Majority of Kentuckians Support Expanded Medicaid Under Obamacare, Including Most Republicans http://wfpl.org/post/poll-majority-kentuckians-support-expanded-medicaid-under-obamacare-including-most-republicans <p>An overwhelming majority of Kentuckians support the state's decision to expand Medicaid for low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act, including most self-identified Republicans.</p><p>That's according to a <a href="http://www.healthy-ky.org/sites/default/files/KHIP%20Medicaid%20Awareness%20FINAL%20011614.pdf">new poll released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky this month</a>, which is the first since the health care rollout began in the state.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:42:51 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8353 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Majority of Kentuckians Support Expanded Medicaid Under Obamacare, Including Most Republicans 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 Affordable Healthcare Provider Kentucky Access Closes to Make Way for Affordable Care Act http://wfpl.org/post/affordable-healthcare-provider-kentucky-access-closes-make-way-affordable-care-act <p>The Kentucky Access program is closing to make way for the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The 14-year-old program was created to provide affordable health coverage to high-risk Kentuckians. It's ending because of a provision in the <a href="/term/obamacare">Affordable Care Act</a> that requires insurers to provide coverage to those people regardless of pre-existing conditions.</p><p>Louisville state Rep. Steve Riggs sponsored legislation that created the program in 2000. He says Kentucky Access isn't needed now that the ACA is implemented.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8074 at http://wfpl.org Affordable Healthcare Provider Kentucky Access Closes to Make Way for Affordable Care Act