Affordable Care Act

10:00 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Steve Beshear Touts Healthcare Exchange Rollout as a Top 2013 Accomplishment

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s implementation of the federal health care law is one of his administration's top accomplishments in 2013.

Beshear says his decision to implement the state health care exchange and expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was an effort to address Kentucky’s historically low health rankings.

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3:02 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

A Deadline Looms to Sign Up for Kentucky Health Exchange


Kentuckians will have until midnight Tuesday to sign up for a new health care policy through Kynect, the state’s health insurance exchange, in order for the policy to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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7:49 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Number of Kentuckians Who Must Upgrade Health Plans Under Obamacare Lower Than Expected


The number of Kentuckians who have to upgrade their health insurance plans under the new federal healthcare law is lower than expected.

Initial reports indicated that about 280,000 insured Kentuckians would be forced to switch to new plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

The Kentucky Department of Insurance reports that the number is now closer to 168,000 people.

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6:44 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kynect State Health Exchange Reports Strong Post-Thanksgiving Gains

Kentucky's health exchange, kynect, is reporting strong gains in new health insurance enrollees since Thanksgiving.

 The Governor's office released statistics late Friday showing that Kynect added 24,140 Kentuckians to a list of the newly ensured. About 5,400 of those were added in the last week. According to kynect's website, the total number of Kentuckians who have enrolled in a new health insurance plan is 84,422. 

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5:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Affordable Care Act Elicits Anger, Confusion From Kentucky Lawmakers


While Kentucky's implementation of the Affordable Care Act has received national attention, state lawmakers from both parties are not pleased with parts of the legislation.

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1:07 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Mitch McConnell Wants Kentucky Senate Race to Focus on Obamacare Woes

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell reiterated his call to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and predicted Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will run away from the law.

The GOP leader made the remarks at a press conference at his campaign headquarters on Tuesday, where McConnell made it clear that he wants Kentucky's 2014 Senate race to focus on the president's health care law.

For the past six weeks the Obamacare rollout has been plagued by a malfunctioning enrollment website and reports of canceled insurance plans.

Reports have found about 280,000 Kentuckians will lose their current coverage due to the law.

State officials say those people won't be dropped altogether, but rather will receive offers for alternative plans where their insurance costs could go down or increase depending on the individual case.

Its those sort of troubles that have put Democrats from more conservative states on their heels as GOP lawmakers are becoming re-energized thanks to its rocky implementation.

McConnell predicted Grimes will follow the line of Democratic incumbents in red states such as Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and run away from the president's law.

"The panic has set in and the troops are restless," he says. "And on a daily basis you will see some Democrat in some red state distance themselves from Obamacare. So I would say that my opponent is keep(ing) an eye on Mary Landrieu. And whatever Mary Landrieu does, you can expect my opponent to likely do either that day or the next day."

The senator also outlined what he called a more "scalpel" approach compared to the president's "meat ax," favoring reforms that would allow for more competition across state borders.

Asked about the over 7,000 individuals who have already signed up for new health care plans through the state's exchange program, McConnell said plainly lawmakers need to start over.

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8:07 am
Sat November 2, 2013

About 40 Percent of Kentucky's Healthcare Exchange Enrollees are Younger Than 35


FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's office says Kentucky's new online health exchange enrolled about 1,000 people each day for health coverage during its first month.

The governor's office said 32,485 Kentuckians had signed up for coverage as of Friday morning. About 40 percent of enrollees are under age 35.

Beshear says people are still flocking to the state exchange for coverage that will begin Jan. 1.

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11:55 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Louisville Physician Says Obamacare is Chief Reason for Challenging Rep. John Yarmuth

Dr. Michael Macfarlane

Calling Obamacare the wrong solution for the country, Republican Michael Macfarlane is running for Kentucky's Third Congressional District seat against Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth in next year's election.

A urological surgeon by trade, the 60-year-old Macfarlane has been a Louisville resident for over two decades and previously worked at Jewish Hospital, Norton Healthcare and Baptist East.

In 2007, Macfarlane was voted "Top Surgeon" in Louisville Magazine.

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4:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky's Health Exchange is a 'National Model,' Gov. Steve Beshear Says

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky's health exchange—part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare—has become a "national model," Gov. Steve Beshear said on Wednesday in Louisville.

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3:04 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Indiana, School Districts Sue IRS Over Obamacare's Employer Mandate

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana and 15 public school districts are suing the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly overstepping its authority in imposing "employer mandate" regulations on state and local governments under the federal health care overhaul.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Indianapolis contends the IRS is improperly treating Indiana as a taxable entity under the Affordable Care Act with regulations that impose financial penalties on state and local governments, including school districts.

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