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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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10:45 am
Fri August 30, 2013

U of L Offers To Extend 30 Day 'Demand Letter' If Norton Healthcare Negotiates Contract

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Officials with the University of Louisville say they're willing to extend the 30 day deadline for Norton Healthcare to respond to a list of demands the university is requesting following the announcement of a partnership between Norton and UK Healthcare.

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2:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

In Jefferson County, 16 Percent of Residents Don't Have Insurance


Sixteen percent of Jefferson County residents don't have health insurance, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

That's just about even with the state average.

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3:02 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

University of Louisville Blasts Planned Collaboration Between Children's Hospitals

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The University of Louisville is blasting a plan for Kosair Children's Hospital and the Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington to "join forces."

Kosair Children's—run by Norton Healthcare—and the UK HealthCare-operated Kentucky Children's Hospital announced late Thursday that their leaders had signed a letter of intent to be jointly operated but remain independent through a new collaboration.

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4:03 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Five Kentucky Residents Reportedly Contracted Fungal Meningitis

Health officials say they have been notified that five Kentucky residents came down with fungal meningitis after receiving medical care in Tennessee.

The state Public Health Department says these cases match the pattern of an outbreak linked to injections of steroids distributed by a Massachusetts pharmacy.

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4:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Chooses Anthem Plan as Benchmark for Insurance Exchange

State officials have chosen the new benchmark program for the Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange.

Officials have recommended the state’s so-called small group plan, provided by Anthem, as the benchmark. All other plans offered in the exchange must provide similar or better care.

The state says the plan is affordable and broad enough to adequately provide for Kentuckians.

But consumer advocates haven't yet decided to endorse the state's decision.

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2:33 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

U of L Medical Center Taking More Time to Find Partner

The University of Louisville Medical Center is going to take more time searching for a new business partner.

The UMC put out a request for proposals for a new partner earlier this year, with a goal to finish the deal by the end of this month. But today (Thursday), officials released a statement saying they need more time. They stress that talks have been productive, but say it may take until the end of the year to secure a deal.

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3:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Restrictions on Birth Control Prompt Louisville Medical Practice to Leave KentuckyOne Health

In January, when Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare merged with Lexington's St. Joseph Health System to form KentuckyOne Health, Highlands Family Medicine was part of the deal. But now the Bardstown Road doctors office, which has around 6,000 patients, has announced they'll leave KentuckyOne due to religious restrictions that affect how they can care for patients.

Under KentuckyOne's policies, doctors whose practices had been part of Jewish & St. Mary's aren't allowed to dispense birth control for pregnancy prevention.

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5:22 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Sets Hearing in Christian Health Care Group Controversy

The dispute between a Christians-only health plan and the Kentucky state government will result in a court hearing later this month.

Medi-Share is a Florida-based ministry. Members can pay into the plan, then withdraw funds to pay medical bills. The state Supreme Court has classified Medi-Share as an insurance company that is not allowed religious exemptions to state law. Recently, the dispute garnered the attention of local tea partiers, who took Medi-Share's side.

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1:32 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Federal Healthcare Law and Kentucky Medicaid, Youth

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law, known as the Affordable Care Act, could extend Medicaid to 300,000 more Kentuckians if the state decides to accept the terms laid out in the law.

The court ruled the federal government cannot withhold Medicaid funds to states that choose not to implement rules under the ACA, but if states choose to increase the poverty level for eligibility to 133 percent, the federal government will support them.

Kevin Russell from explains:

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