Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear 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 Kentucky Democrats Differ on Jack Conway, Steve Beshear's Dueling Appeal Decisions http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-democrats-differ-jack-conway-steve-beshears-dueling-appeal-decisions <p>Kentucky Democrats remain split over gay marriage as <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-appeal-federal-judges-same-sex-marriage-order">two of their top officials publicly differ on whether to appeal a federal order</a> that the state must recognize same-sex unions performed out-of-state.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:06:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8775 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Democrats Differ on Jack Conway, Steve Beshear's Dueling Appeal Decisions PPP: Kentucky Voters Favor GOP Takeover of State Government http://wfpl.org/post/ppp-kentucky-voters-favor-gop-takeover-state-government <p>A growing number Kentucky voters want Republicans to assume control of the governor's office and most will support the GOP in state legislative elections, according to a new survey released this week.</p><p>The results are a good sign for the GOP as prospective contenders for the 2015 gubernatorial contest and as the<a href="/post/republican-suzanne-miles-replace-democrat-john-arnold-kentucky-house"> Democratic majority narrows in the House.</a></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:59:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7932 at http://wfpl.org PPP: Kentucky Voters Favor GOP Takeover of State Government Andy Beshear Announces Bid for Kentucky Attorney General http://wfpl.org/post/andy-beshear-announces-bid-kentucky-attorney-general <p>Louisville <a href="http://www.stites.com/attorneys/andrew-g-beshear/">attorney Andy Beshear</a>, the son of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, announced he is running for attorney general in 2015.</p><p>The younger Beshear has been a rumored candidate for much of this year to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited.&nbsp;</p><p>Andy Beshear <a href="http://www.andybeshear.com/about">launched his campaign website </a>on Thursday, and filed paperwork to run as a Democrat. He is the first candidate to declare his intentions two years ahead of the election.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:40:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7556 at http://wfpl.org Andy Beshear Announces Bid for Kentucky Attorney General Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Say Kentucky Not Buying Obamacare http://wfpl.org/post/senators-mitch-mcconnell-rand-paul-say-kentucky-not-buying-obamacare <p>In a rebuttal to Democratic Gov. Steve <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/new-york-times-op-ed-governor-steve-beshear-says-kentucky-needs-obamacare">Beshear&#39;s editorial praising the Affordable Care Act</a>, Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul argue Kentucky isn&#39;t buying into the president&#39;s health care law.</p><p>The <a href="https://kyenroll.ky.gov/">health exchange dubbed Kynect</a> launched on Tuesday allowing residents to shop for an insurance plan as part of the federal law, better known as Obamacare.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:57:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7078 at http://wfpl.org Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Say Kentucky Not Buying Obamacare In New York Times Op-Ed, Governor Steve Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Obamacare http://wfpl.org/post/new-york-times-op-ed-governor-steve-beshear-says-kentucky-needs-obamacare <p>In a robust defense of Obamacare, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state&#39;s health care needs come before the divisive partisan politics to defund the law in Washington.</p><p>The op-ed in The New York Times on Friday continues Beshear&#39;s arguments in favor of the law, which is set to be implemented beginning Oct. 1.</p><p>In Kentucky, nearly one in six are uninsured and the state ranks at the bottom of nearly every major health measure.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:24:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6999 at http://wfpl.org In New York Times Op-Ed, Governor Steve Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Obamacare Congressional Redistricting May Be Done Over, Says Beshear http://wfpl.org/post/congressional-redistricting-may-be-done-over-says-beshear <p><span class="dateline">FRANKFORT, Ky.</span> — Congressional redistricting that was completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session, adding one more potential complication to what has become a protracted effort by Kentucky lawmakers redraw political boundaries.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear raised the possibility of redrawing congressional maps during an impromptu press conference Monday outside his Capitol office.</p><p>The prospect arose because House Democrats are looking to exclude some 8,500 federal prison inmates from the population count used to redraw legislative districts. The problem is that those prisoners were included when lawmakers reconfigured congressional lines.</p><p>Beshear said if lawmakers decide to exclude federal prisoners from legislative and judicial districts, then they'd have to be taken out of the congressional ones as well.</p><p>"The idea is to make sure that all of them are done on a consistent basis," Beshear said.</p><p>The governor said the congressional districts would require only "limited" adjustments if that's the route lawmakers choose to take. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:13:58 +0000 The Associated Press 5814 at http://wfpl.org Congressional Redistricting May Be Done Over, Says Beshear Tea Party Activist Sues Beshear Over Medicaid Expansion http://wfpl.org/post/tea-party-activist-sues-beshear-over-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tea party activist David Adams is again suing Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This time it's over the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The lawsuit aims at stopping Beshear from expanding Medicaid in Kentucky.</span></p> Sun, 19 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 5436 at http://wfpl.org Tea Party Activist Sues Beshear Over Medicaid Expansion Kentucky's Insurance Exchange Is Named, 'Similar to Travelocity or Expedia' Experience http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-insurance-exchange-named-similar-travelocity-or-expedia-experience <p>Kentucky's new exchange for people on the market for healthcare now has a name and &nbsp;a website.</p><p>It'll be called Kynect—pronounced "connect." People can access it at&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kynect.ky.gov">kynect.ky.gov</a>. A phone line will be running in August.</span></p><p>Kynect will be fully operational in time for October open health insurance enrollment.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 17:24:13 +0000 Kenny Colston 5400 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Insurance Exchange Is Named, 'Similar to Travelocity or Expedia' Experience Senator Mitch McConnell Questions Governor's Decision to Expand Medicaid http://wfpl.org/post/senator-mitch-mcconnell-questions-governors-decision-expand-medicaid <p>Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell questioned Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's long-awaited decision to expand Medicaid coverage under the president's health care law, arguing it will expose Kentuckians to increasing costs.</p><p>As Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston reports, Beshear, a Democrat, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-expanding-medicaid-under-affordable-care-act-gov-steve-beshear-says">announced the state's Medicaid program will extend coverage to over 300,000 Kentuckians under the Affordable Care Act</a> or what opponents calls Obamacare.</p><p>This means the state's Medicaid rolls will extend to more low-income and poor people who are below 138 percent of the federal poverty line.</p><p>The governor called it the right thing to do, and the decision was praised by fellow Democrats and health advocacy groups.</p><p>However, Kentucky's senior senator warned the extension will be costly for residents and hurt small businesses.</p><p>"Given Kentucky’s struggles to finance its current Medicaid program and the uncertainty of future federal funding, I am surprised the governor would make this decision to further implement Obamacare and expose the commonwealth’s taxpayers to more open ended expenses they cannot afford," McConnell said in a statement.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 21:45:37 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5332 at http://wfpl.org Senator Mitch McConnell Questions Governor's Decision to Expand Medicaid