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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Local News
4:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

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

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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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Politics
10:57 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Say Kentucky Not Buying Obamacare

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In a rebuttal to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's editorial praising the Affordable Care Act, Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul argue Kentucky isn't buying into the president's health care law.

The health exchange dubbed Kynect launched on Tuesday allowing residents to shop for an insurance plan as part of the federal law, better known as Obamacare.

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Politics
7:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Taking Myth-Buster Lead Ahead of Obamacare Implementation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is scheduled to launch its open enrollment for individuals without health insurance beginning on Oct. 1.

And Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth is taking the lead on debunking what the Democratic lawmaker calls myths and "scare tactics" about its implementation.

In Kentucky, one in six people are uninsured and officials hope as the law unfolds that residents will take advantage of the state-approved insurance plans.

One of the chief changes under the new federal mandate is no one can be denied health care coverage for any reason, including pre-existing conditions.

But three years after it passed, Obamacare remains the source of continued bickering in Washington and the root of a possible government shutdown.

"A lot of this is partisan and anti-Obama sentiment because we know that people support the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act by substantial margins," says Yarmuth, who voted for the law in 2010.

A recent poll conducted by CNBC bears out what the congressman is saying. The survey found 46 percent of Americans oppose the law when it carries the president’s name. But just 37 percent said they oppose the law when it is called the Affordable Care Act.

In states like Kentucky—where Obama is immensely unpopular—that has resulted in considerable confusion about the law as state officials are encouraging people to sign-up.

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12:24 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

In New York Times Op-Ed, Governor Steve Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Obamacare

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In a robust defense of Obamacare, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state's health care needs come before the divisive partisan politics to defund the law in Washington.

The op-ed in The New York Times on Friday continues Beshear's arguments in favor of the law, which is set to be implemented beginning Oct. 1.

In Kentucky, nearly one in six are uninsured and the state ranks at the bottom of nearly every major health measure.

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