Health care exchange

Health
6:36 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Suffer Ills Of Geography

Alexandra Dixon is one of 350 "navigators" hired to help people sign up for health insurance in Maryland.
Jenny Gold for NPR

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 8:05 am

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.

Even the states that have agreed to run their own exchanges are having a hard time. In states that have not embraced the Affordable Care Act, the federal government is struggling to fill in the gap.

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Politics
12:11 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Kentucky Governor Not Afraid of Going Solo for Health Care

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Kentucky’s Democratic governor says implementing the Affordable Care Act is “the morally right thing to do.” 

Kentucky is the only southern state both expanding Medicaid and operating a state-based health exchange. 

Appearing Thursday on the national radio show "The Takeaway," Governor Steve Beshear said Kentucky can’t afford not to do it.

“We have some of the worst health statistics in the country," explained Beshear.  "If there’s some way I can attack that and change the course of history in Kentucky on health care, I’m going to do it, and the Affordable Care Act gives me a historic opportunity and a tool to do just that.”

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Health
11:59 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky Healthcare Exchange Call Center Opens

A call center opens today with five-dozen agents on hand to answer questions about  Kentucky’s new health care benefit  exchange.  Kentucky is ramping up its effort to ensure health coverage for more than 600,000 Kentucky residents.

“They are actually taking phone calls from folks that are calling in asking questions about connect,” said Kerri Banahan, director of the exchange office.  “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.”

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. 

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