Even if automatically re-enrolled, check out your healthcare options; open enrollment ends Dec. 15

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News This is the first year that more than 80,000 Kentuckians with a 2017 health insurance plan on the federal exchange will be automatically re-enrolled in a 2018 marketplace plan. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t check out other options before open enrollment ends Dec. 15. “People should not automatically assume that they are going to get re-enrolled...

Kynectors, health advocates ask state to maintain current staffing, resource levels in new system

As the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin works toward dismantling Kynect, the state’s health insurance exchange, health advocates say they worry that the transition is going too quickly to be smooth, risking a loss of coverage for some Kentuckians. Kentucky Voices for Health, a coalition of groups supporting health-care reform, said that the administration needs to “keep, hire and train...

Kentucky Health Co-op lost $50.4M, most
in U.S.; high enrollment, big claims blamed

By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   A federal audit of the nonprofit health insurance companies formed under federal health reform found that at the end of 2014, all but one were operating at a loss, and the Kentucky Health Cooperative had the greatest loss, $50.4 million, but the lowest administrative costs.   The co-op chair and spokeswoman blamed the loss on an enrollment that was...

UK HealthCare joins forces with Ky. Primary Care Association to improve care, cut costs

The Kentucky Primary Care Association and UK HealthCare announced today a partnership aimed at providing more than 800 patient care providers access to UK HealthCare support services such as supply chain contracts, medical professional placement services, practice transformation support/training and an after-hours pediatric call triage center.   KPCA, a private, nonprofit corporation, has more...

Forum examines Kentucky’s health care system and how it is ‘Doing Care Differently’

By Molly Burchett and Al Cross Kentucky Health News   What does health care reform mean to Kentucky? What impact has Medicaid expansion had? Can we work together to do care differently in Kentucky? Answers to these questions and more were offered by national, regional and local health care experts in Louisville at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s annual Howard L. Bost Health Policy...