The Affordable Care Act in Kentucky

We're tracking how the Affordable Care Act will affect Kentuckians as it's implemented in the coming months and years. 

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Politics
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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Politics
5:17 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Democrats Walk Out of Meeting on Insurance Exchange

A second legislative hearing on Kentucky’s federally-mandated health insurance exchange led to a dramatic walkout by Democrats today.

For the second consecutive time, the interim joint Health and Welfare committee saw their meeting devolve into arguments over the exchange.

And this time, a motion by Republicans to register a vote of disapproval against the exchange led every Democrat to get up and leave in the middle of the meeting.

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Politics
6:08 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Beshear Appoints Insurers, Advocates to Health Insurance Exchange Board

Governor Steve Beshear has named the members of the state health insurance exchange board.

The now-19 member board includes top level officials from Kentucky's major insurers, including Anthem, Humana and Bluegrass Family Health.

It also includes represents from the state’s major hospitals, including Central Baptist in Lexington and KentuckyOne Health, which operates statewide.

Patient advocate groups, including Kentucky Voices for Health, AARP and Kentucky Youth Advocates, also have seats on the board.

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Local News
2:43 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Hobby Lobby Sues Over Health Care Act's Emergency Contraception Mandate

DangApricot Wikimedia Commons

The Hobby Lobby retail chain has gone to court to fight one of the provisions of the federal government's new health care law.

The Affordable Care Act requires employer’s to cover certain preventive services. This includes access to emergency contraception, like the morning-after pill, which prevents embryos from implanting in the uterine wall. Hobby Lobby’s founders say they currently provide birth control for their employees, but they object to being forced to provide insurance for what they call “abortion inducing drugs.”

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Politics
7:41 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Health Insurance Exchange Explained

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law pushed by President Obama, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky would create a state health insurance exchange and eligible for federal subsidies under the new law. Also in Indiana. So how will it work? We found out Friday on Byline, with Julie Appleby, a senior correspondent for the nonprofit news service Kaiser Health News (a program of the Henry J.

Local News
1:50 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Yarmuth Says Democrats Could've Better Sold Health Care Law

U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says his party dropped the ball on promoting the Affordable Care Act.

Yarmuth is one of the few public officials in Kentucky who has supported the health care law, and he actively defends it from criticism. But he says his fellow Democrats could have done a better job explaining the legislation.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Repeal and Replace: Some Health Care Reforms Senators Paul and McConnell Like

McConnell and Paul
Kenny Colston Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky's two U.S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, are some of the most vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

The two co-headlined a Tea Party rally in Frankfort yesterday to protest the health care law. During the rally, Paul said he wants to not only repeal the law, but replace it with a different one. Other Republicans have taken a similar stance, but the details behind the Republicans' preferred approach are largely unknown.

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