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8:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

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

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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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Politics
7:45 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the legislature should be able to review regulations like the Affordable Care Act and Common Core school standards—both implemented by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear through regulatory means.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Poll: Kentuckians Lack Information About Affordable Care Act as Favorability Declines

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A large majority of insured and uninsured Kentuckians say they still lack the necessary information about the Affordable Care Act to determine its impact on them.

And a declining number of residents view the federal overhaul favorably compared to two years ago.

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Local News
6:58 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Survey: Employer Health Insurance Coverage Rising in Kentucky

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A two-year decline in the number of working-age Kentuckians who get health insurance from employers reversed in late 2013, according to survey results released Monday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The survey was done before the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and is meant to give a "baseline" for how Kentuckians are getting health insurance, so it can be compared to future years, said Susan Zepeda, president of the Foundation for a Health Kentucky.

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Local News
10:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange Has 116,000 Enrollees

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More than 116,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The Governor’s Office reports that enrollments through the state’s health exchange, KYnect (Connect), are up 93 percent since Thanksgiving. The exchange has averaged about thirteen-hundred new enrollees per day since it launched on Oct. 1.

About 1 in 4 enrollees have signed up for new private plans, with the rest joining Medicaid as a result of that program’s expansion.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Affordable Healthcare Provider Kentucky Access Closes to Make Way for Affordable Care Act

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The Kentucky Access program is closing to make way for the Affordable Care Act.

The 14-year-old program was created to provide affordable health coverage to high-risk Kentuckians. It's ending because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to provide coverage to those people regardless of pre-existing conditions.

Louisville state Rep. Steve Riggs sponsored legislation that created the program in 2000. He says Kentucky Access isn't needed now that the ACA is implemented.

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Politics
10:00 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Steve Beshear Touts Healthcare Exchange Rollout as a Top 2013 Accomplishment

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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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Local News
3:02 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

A Deadline Looms to Sign Up for Kentucky Health Exchange

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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

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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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