Health care exchange http://wkyufm.org en Health Insurance Exchanges Suffer Ills Of Geography http://wkyufm.org/post/health-insurance-exchanges-suffer-ills-geography These first two weeks have been rocky for the state health insurance exchanges. The online marketplaces opened across the country Oct. 1, with computer glitches and staffing shortages.<p>Even the states that have agreed to run their own <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/11/230916150/faq-all-about-health-insurance-exchanges-and-how-to-shop-for-coverage">exchanges</a> are having a hard time. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 11:36:00 +0000 editor 38372 at http://wkyufm.org Health Insurance Exchanges Suffer Ills Of Geography Kentucky Governor Not Afraid of Going Solo for Health Care http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-governor-not-afraid-going-solo-health-care <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s Democratic governor says implementing the Affordable Care Act is &ldquo;the morally right thing to do.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Kentucky is the only southern state both expanding Medicaid and operating a state-based health exchange.&nbsp;</p><p>Appearing Thursday on the national radio show &quot;The Takeaway,&quot; Governor Steve Beshear said Kentucky can&rsquo;t afford not to do it.</p><p>&ldquo;We have some of the worst health statistics in the country,&quot; explained Beshear.&nbsp; &quot;If there&rsquo;s some way I can attack that and change the course of history in Kentucky on health care, I&rsquo;m going to do it, and the Affordable Care Act gives me a historic opportunity and a tool to do just that.&rdquo; Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:11:24 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 38288 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Governor Not Afraid of Going Solo for Health Care Kentucky Healthcare Exchange Call Center Opens http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-healthcare-exchange-call-center-opens <p>A call center opens today with five-dozen agents on hand to answer questions about&nbsp; Kentucky’s new health care benefit&nbsp; exchange.&nbsp; Kentucky is ramping up its effort to ensure health coverage for more than 600,000 Kentucky residents.<br><br>“They are actually taking phone calls from folks that are calling in asking questions about connect,” said Kerri Banahan, director of the exchange office.&nbsp; “And through connect individuals will be able to apply for Medicaid as well as premium assistance which will help them pay for part of their premium amount with a private health insurance company.”<br><br>Banahan says some 70 calls came in Thursday, a day before the official launch of the call center. Open enrollment for the new insurance program begins in October.&nbsp;<br> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:59:16 +0000 Stu Johnson 35649 at http://wkyufm.org