Many Kentuckians with Obamacare plans received premium notices that over-estimated costs for 2018

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With a shortened enrollment period, huge cuts in advertising and in-person assistance, and ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the federal health law, it’s no wonder many Americans are confused about whether they can or should sign up for health coverage on government marketplaces this year. Perhaps the most basic facts are these: The Patient Protection...

ACA enrollment is on through Dec. 15; sign up early for assistance and compare plans, experts advise

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Sign up early, make sure you compare costs and plans and make an early appointment with your “application assister.” That was the advice given on an Oct. 31 Kaiser Family Foundation webinar offering open enrollment advice to consumers in Kentucky, as well as in Tennessee and Virginia. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 for 2018 health insurance plans sold...

Rural Blog: All counties in the U.S. now have at least one option for private health insurance for 2018

Dozens of counties, mostly in rural areas, were at risk of having no individual private insurance options in 2018 after companies like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield pulled out of the markets. But a few insurance companies have filled gaps in coverage, and now there are no areas in the U.S. without coverage. Paulding County, Ohio, was the last “bare” county until CareSource committed...

Trump threat to stop subsidies has insurers jumpy; CareSource to refile rate plan in 61 Ky. counties

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News President Trump’s threats to stop funding the cost-reduction payments that help low- and moderate-income people afford Obamacare health insurance has created great uncertainty for insurers, and is likely the reason CareSource just withdrew its initial rate filing in Kentucky. CareSource, which planned to offer individual plans in 61 Kentucky counties, originally...

Uninsured face Sunday deadline to obtain health care coverage through exchange or face possible penalty

Sunday is not only the last day of January, it is the final chance to sign up for subsidized health insurance through Kynect, the state’s online insurance marketplace. Those who don’t sign up face a penalty when filing your tax return. The 2010 federal health-reform law requires most people to have health insurance, or pay a penalty. For 2016, the penalty for not having health insurance...