health insurance exchange http://wkyufm.org en Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers To Insurance Exchanges http://wkyufm.org/post/employers-eye-moving-sickest-workers-insurance-exchanges Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants.<p>"It's all over the marketplace," said <a href="http://www.hcwconsultants.com/our-history.php">Todd Yates</a>, a managing partner at Hill, Chesson & Woody, a North Carolina benefits consulting firm. Wed, 07 May 2014 13:41:00 +0000 editor 47682 at http://wkyufm.org Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers To Insurance Exchanges Obamacare Sign-Ups Show Wide Variation By State, Ethnicity http://wkyufm.org/post/obamacare-sign-ups-show-wide-variation-state-ethnicity New numbers and demographic information <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Apr2014/ib_2014Apr_enrollment.pdf">released</a> by the White House Thursday reveal some telling details about the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/president-obama-8-million-people-have-signed-private-health-coverage">8 million people</a> who selected new health insurance through HealthCare.gov and state marketplaces.<p>Almost half — 3.8 million — of all of the people who signed up did so in the last six weeks, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Fri, 02 May 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Eric Whitney 47450 at http://wkyufm.org Obamacare Sign-Ups Show Wide Variation By State, Ethnicity Kentucky Health Commissioner Pleased with Insurance Sign-Ups by Young Invincibles http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-health-commissioner-pleased-insurance-sign-ups-young-invincibles <p></p><p>Kentucky’s public health commissioner is encouraged by the number of young adults who enrolled in health insurance on Kynect, the state’s online health exchange.&nbsp;</p><p>Fifty percent of new enrollees were under the age of 35, which Dr. Stephanie Mayfield says should mean cost savings.</p><p>"You would think this would be a healthier population who would be accessing the system for preventive measures and not as many chronic diseases," explained Mayfield.&nbsp; "It's an opportunity to intervene in the still relatively early years and have less of a financial impact on the system."</p><p>Dr. Mayfield spoke Tuesday at WKU about Kentucky’s health challenges.&nbsp;</p><p>The state has several initiatives underway that include reducing the rates of smoking, obesity, and cancer deaths, all by 2019. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:44:11 +0000 Lisa Autry 46343 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Health Commissioner Pleased with Insurance Sign-Ups by Young Invincibles Stumbo: GOP Efforts to Defund ACA Won't Prevent Program from Moving Forward in Kentucky http://wkyufm.org/post/stumbo-gop-efforts-defund-aca-wont-prevent-program-moving-forward-kentucky <p></p><p>Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.</p><p>Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.</p><p>But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's largely symbolic.</p><p>“We know that that would have been probably something that we’d still been there debating, and so after reviewing the language and reviewing the governor’s implementation of what we call ‘Beshear Care,’ we didn’t feel like that this language would be egregious to the governor in moving forward.”</p><p>The governor’s office spearheaded Kentucky’s implementation of the ACA, but has declined to comment on the budget language. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:55:04 +0000 Jonathan Meador 45969 at http://wkyufm.org Stumbo: GOP Efforts to Defund ACA Won't Prevent Program from Moving Forward in Kentucky Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More http://wkyufm.org/post/obamacares-national-enrollment-looks-ok-states-matter-more With this year's deadline to register for individual health insurance just a weekend away, much attention is being lavished on two numbers — the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295311611/obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-6-million">6 million Americans</a> who have signed up so far, and the percentage of those folks who are (or aren't) young.<p>But experts say the<em> national</em> numbers actually don't mean very much.<p>"These are really state-based markets," says Caroline Pearson, vice president at <a href="http://avalerehealth.net/">Avalere Health</a>, a consulting firm b Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 45763 at http://wkyufm.org Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More With Enrollment Deadline Looming, 'Kynectors' Reach Out to Uninsured http://wkyufm.org/post/enrollment-deadline-looming-kynectors-reach-out-uninsured <p>Just over a week from now is the deadline for Kentucky’s uninsured to get coverage through the state’s health care exchange known as Kynect.&nbsp; The state is working to reach as much of the uninsured population as possible.</p><p>On Saturday, several Bowling Green residents turned out for a sign-up event at the Greenwood Mall.&nbsp; Among them was 32-year-old Jason Abney who was frustrated trying to navigate the website on his own.</p><p>"I didn't know exactly which website to go to because when you pull up Kynect on the Internet, it goes to three or four pages at a time, and it was just a hassle," remarked Abney.</p><p>Abney has been without health insurance the past year-and-a-half.&nbsp; He lost coverage when he left his job at a Bowling Green manufacturing plant.&nbsp;</p><p>“I used to have insurance when I worked for Magna and it was pretty good insurance.&nbsp; I had a car wreck and they paid a bunch of hospital bills, so it pays to have insurance," he added.</p><p>Abney got assistance from Sandra Lindsey with Community Action of Southern Kentucky.&nbsp; She’s a ‘Kynector,’ someone who’s been trained by state officials to help the public navigate Kentucky’s health care exchange. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:32:53 +0000 Lisa Autry 45491 at http://wkyufm.org With Enrollment Deadline Looming, 'Kynectors' Reach Out to Uninsured New Census Bureau Figures Show 16.9% of Kentuckians Under 65 Lack Insurance http://wkyufm.org/post/new-census-bureau-figures-show-169-kentuckians-under-65-lack-insurance <p></p><p>Newly-released data from the U.S. Census Bureau show nearly 17 percent of Kentuckians under the age of 65 lack health insurance. Those figures are similar to the health insurance outlook in Tennessee and Indiana, as well.</p><p>In Kentucky, Daviess County has a relatively low number of those without insurance, at 14.5 percent. Logan County, meanwhile,&nbsp; has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the state, at 22.3 percent.</p><p>The Census Bureau numbers are from 2011, and take into account each state’s residents under the age of 65, looking at all races, genders, and income levels.</p><p>You can see the Census Bureau's data in a county-by-county breakdown of Kentucky <a href="http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/data/interactive/#view=data&amp;utilBtn=&amp;yLB=0&amp;stLB=18&amp;aLB=0&amp;sLB=0&amp;iLB=0&amp;rLB=0&amp;countyCBSelected=true&amp;insuredRBG=pu_&amp;multiYearSelected=false&amp;multiYearAlertFlag=false" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Tennessee's information is <a href="http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/data/interactive/#view=data&amp;utilBtn=&amp;yLB=0&amp;stLB=43&amp;aLB=0&amp;sLB=0&amp;iLB=0&amp;rLB=0&amp;countyCBSelected=true&amp;insuredRBG=pu_&amp;multiYearSelected=false&amp;multiYearAlertFlag=false" target="_blank">here</a>, and Indiana's can be seen <a href="http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/data/interactive/#view=data&amp;utilBtn=&amp;yLB=0&amp;stLB=15&amp;aLB=0&amp;sLB=0&amp;iLB=0&amp;rLB=0&amp;countyCBSelected=true&amp;insuredRBG=pu_&amp;multiYearSelected=false&amp;multiYearAlertFlag=false" target="_blank">here</a>. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:45:51 +0000 Kevin Willis 36269 at http://wkyufm.org New Census Bureau Figures Show 16.9% of Kentuckians Under 65 Lack Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Prompt Consumers' Questions http://wkyufm.org/post/health-insurance-exchanges-prompt-consumers-questions With the opening of online health insurance marketplaces a little over a month away, I've been receiving <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Features/Insuring-Your-Health/2013/082713-Michelle-Andrews-on-readers-questions-about-health-law-marketplaces.aspx">lots of questions</a> about how they'll work.<p>Here's one that deals with the issue of getting the subsidy payments out quickly for consumers.<p><strong>It sounds like people who buy health insurance on the exchange will have to pay the full monthly premium for that insurance, and subsidies will be <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/hea Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:23:00 +0000 editor 36132 at http://wkyufm.org Health Insurance Exchanges Prompt Consumers' Questions Tea Party Activists Take Aim at Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange http://wkyufm.org/post/tea-party-activists-take-aim-kentucky-health-insurance-exchange <p>Tea party activists are pushing to dismantle Kentucky's new<a href="http://www.wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-gets-federal-approval-state-based-health-exchange" target="_blank"> health insurance exchange</a> before it even gets off the ground.</p><p>Activists said Thursday after a board meeting for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange that they are supporting<a href="http://www.wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-senate-chair-wants-legislative-approval-health-exchange-medicaid-expansion" target="_blank"> a bill to require legislative approval </a>of the exchange, which was created by executive order of the governor.</p><p>Meanwhile, exchange executive director Carrie Banahan told board members that progress is being made in setting up a website that's supposed to make picking health insurance similar to buying an airline ticket from an online travel site. The site will allow consumers to compare costs and benefits.</p><p>Exchanges are a key part of the President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul. Banahan predicts about 300,000 people will purchase insurance through Kentucky's exchange. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:22:46 +0000 Associated Press 25362 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Senate Chair Wants Legislative Approval for Health Exchange, Medicaid Expansion http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-senate-chair-wants-legislative-approval-health-exchange-medicaid-expansion <p>The chairman of a Kentucky Senate committee is promising to file legislation aimed at preventing Gov. Beshear from setting up two major pieces of the federal health care law without legislative approval.</p><p>The Courier-Journal reports Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chair and Louisville Republican Julie Denton says she doesn’t want the Governor to be able to unilaterally establish a new statewide health care exchange or expand Medicaid services to more Kentuckians. Denton and <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/tea-party-activists-tell-kentucky-lawmakers-reject-obamacare" target="_blank">other Obamacare opponents</a> say the state can’t afford the exchange or expanded Medicaid offerings.</p><p>Denton’s bill would make such moves contingent on General Assembly approval. Gov. Beshear has <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-names-members-kentucky-health-exchange-board" target="_blank">already taken steps to create a statewide health care exchange</a> by 2014, which would allow those who don’t get insurance at work to buy a plan from a private company and receive government subsidies in the process.</p><p>The Medicaid expansion would allow those earning less than 133 percent of the poverty rate to qualify for the program. Beshear says he is <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-governor-still-mulling-medicaid-expansion-consequences" target="_blank">still considering the Medicaid expansion</a>, while House Speaker Greg Stumbo says <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/speaker-stumbo-favors-medicaid-expansion-kentucky" target="_blank">he fully supports the move.</a> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:21:03 +0000 Kevin Willis 24646 at http://wkyufm.org