State Health Insurance Exchanges

2:16 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients

Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple

As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry.

Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple says at least 25 percent of uninsured Americans have behavioral issues that need attention. And once the Affordable Care Act takes effect, he's expecting to see a flood of newly-insured patients seeking treatments.

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11:59 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Next Step for Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange: Picking a Model Plan

The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month.

The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up exchanges in which residents can compare and purchase health plans. Governor Steve Beshear choose to set up the state exchange earlier this year, rather than let the federal government operate the system.

So far, Beshear has created a new state office to house the exchange and he's named an executive director. 

And by the end of this month, the state must choose an existing health plan that will be the benchmark for the exchange. To be listed on the exchange, all other health plans will have to provide similar or better service than the benchmark.

Each plan must cover essential care items including:

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9:30 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Health Insurance Exchange Confounds Lawmakers

A health insurance exchange is required under the healthcare law, and will allow Kentuckians to compare and purchase insurance plans. But confusion about the exchange remains; lawmakers say information on the exchange is lacking, and want to know what the price tag will be. Kenny Colston has covered the story for WFPL and Kentucky Public Radio. He joined us on Friday's Byline to fill us in on just what we still don't know about how the exchange will work.

5:37 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Lawmakers Frustrated by Lack of Information on Health Insurance Exchange

Kentucky lawmakers are frustrated by the lack of information on the state’s incoming health insurance exchange.

The exchange is required under the healthcare law, and will allow Kentuckians to compare and purchase insurance plans.

At a meeting of the joint Health and Welfare committee, many lawmakers prodded members of the executive branch for details on the costs and operations of the exchange. But answers were lacking.

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1:33 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Beshear Creates State Insurance Exchange to Implement Affordable Care Act

National Conference of State Legislatures

Governor Steve Beshear has fulfilled his promise to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in Kentucky.

The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up marketplaces in which residents can purchase insurance. If states don't, the federal government will do so for them.

Through an executive order, Beshear created Kentucky's exchange today. The order establishes a new executive branch office, the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. The office will be housed in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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