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Ky had second largest Affordable Care Act signup increase in nation during 2017 enrollment period

Kentucky had the second greatest percentage increase in the number of residents who signed up for health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the 2017 signup period, compared to the year before. The number in Kentucky was 110.4 percent higher than the 2017 sign-up. The rankings may change as numbers come in from remaining states that extended their enrollment deadlines...

Open enrollment for healthcare.gov ends Friday; automatic re-enrollment may not be best option

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News You have just a few days to enroll in a 2018 health-insurance plan on healthcare.gov. Open enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends Friday, Dec. 15. “The clock is ticking,” Whitney Allen, the outreach and enrollment coordinator for the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said in an e-mail. ” We encourage anyone that...

Kentucky Primary Care Alliance accountable care organization saves Medicare nearly $2 million

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Kentucky Primary Care Alliance says its Medicare accountable care organization, in its first year, saved Medicare nearly $2 million. Accountable care organizations were created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to encourage doctors, hospitals and other providers to work together to provide coordinated patient care as a way to cut back on...

Changes to Medicaid program mean Kentuckians may need to work, volunteer to remain eligible

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Trump administration has announced rules changes for the Medicaid program that allow states to require some enrollees to work or volunteer ā€“ changes that likely pave the way for Kentucky’s new Medicaid plan to be approved. “Let me be clear to everyone in this room, we will approve proposals that promote community engagement activities,”...

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...

Anderson jailer says repeal of Obamacare, Medicaid expansion could wreak havoc on facility’s budget

A rural Kentucky jailer says repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could cause big problems for the budget of her jail, reports Ben Carlson of The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, in a story with potential national implications. The operating budget for the Anderson County Jail is just under $1 million, but Jailer Joani Clark has been forced to request large funding increases in the...

McConnell, Paul find themselves on opposite sides as Senate health care bill moves toward a vote

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act delivered few surprises but drew deadly opposition, putting Kentucky’s senators on opposite sides. ā€œIā€™m pleased that we were able to arrive at a draft that incorporates input from so many different members, who represent so many different...

Employer-based health insurance costs grew more slowly following reform, but workers haven’t noticed

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The growth in premiums and deductibles for employer-based health insurance has slowed since federal health reform was enacted, but workers probably haven’t noticed because incomes haven’t kept up with the cost of health care, a new study says. Kentucky families covered through employers spent, on average, 10.4 percent of their incomes on health insurance...