Affordable Care Act

Politics
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion Is Nearly Complete

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is almost complete.

Lawrence Kissner, commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services, told lawmakers Thursday his department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.

“Adult preventive services increases 36.7 percent; breast cancer increases 20.6 percent; cervical cancer screenings increased 3 percent; and colorectal cancer screenings increased 16 percent," Kissner said.

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Politics
7:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings

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A pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.

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Politics
8:31 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured

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Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state, according to a report release Wednesday.

The report by the consumer advice website WalletHub 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.

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Local News
8:55 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New Face-To-Face Exams Aim To End Medicare Fraud, But Not All in Louisville Think It'll Work

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Jean Lonergan has been a Medicare beneficiary since 1998.  She had knee surgery about a decade ago.  She’s also had back surgery and suffers from a spinal disease.

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.

When the salesman left, Lonergan was the new owner of a back brace she didn’t need.

“I knew the thing wasn’t going to work,” she said. 

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Local News
9:59 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beshear: Separating Politics and Effects of Affordable Care Act a 'Very Fine Line'

Steve Beshear
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Gov. Steve Beshear touted Kentucky’s success in implementing the Affordable Care Act in an address Tuesday to a national healthcare conference  in Washington.

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 state’s health insurance exchange, Kynect.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Inching Towards Obamacare Defense

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

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.

"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.

Last Friday, McConnell repeated his call to repeal the president's health care law at a recent press conference.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Obamacare Presents Political Dilemmas for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell
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The health care law is a thorny subject for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

For Grimes, the health care law's political unpopularity is a political boulder.

When asked twice by the Associated Press whether she would have voted for the federal overhaul four years ago, Grimes balked.

"I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act," Grimes told the AP.

Observers commented on how Grimes was caught flat-footed at the outset of the general election.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

As Kentucky Enrollees Rise Don't Expect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Embrace Health Care Law

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky
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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.

Earlier this week, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced over 370,000 people have signed up thus far.

That includes over a quarter of a million Kentuckians who will be insured for the first time ever thanks to the law.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act

  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.

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.

Here are the key numbers:

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Local News
1:35 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

State Defunding Attempts Won't Hurt Affordable Care Act In Kentucky, Says House Speaker Greg Stumbo

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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.

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.

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's largely symbolic.

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