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Kentucky simplifies Child Care Assistance Program application process with online service benefind

It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs. The online service, benefind, is already...

Benefind, assistance program among topics of Glisson’s testimony before U.S. House panel

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson testified on Capitol Hill Thursday before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee meeting was to evaluate technology and modernization in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The secretary provided an overview of Kentucky’s implementation experience with the benefind system...

Individuals who qualify for health plan tax subsidies will sign up on federal exchange starting Nov. 1

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentuckians who qualify for health plans subsidized by tax credits, called Qualified Health Plans, will sign up on HealthCare.gov instead of Kynect during the open enrollment that begins Nov. 1. Some Kynect advocates have voiced concern that the changeover will be troublesome, but Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokesman Doug Hogan said in an e-mail,...

Kentucky’s uninsured rate drops to 7.5 percent, lower than national average, eight surrounding states

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The share of Kentuckians without health insurance continues to drop, and new Medicaid enrollees continue to take advantage of free preventive health services, according to an ongoing study of federal health reform’s impact in the state. The Foundation for a Health Kentucky is paying the State Health Access Data Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota...

Problems with Benefind system won’t interrupt receipt of government benefits, Bevin, Deloitte say

Gov. Matt Bevin, along with officials from Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and technology provider Deloitte, held a news conference Thursday to assure the public that their government benefits administered through the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) will continue through April. The announcement addressed misinformation and confusion generated by Kentucky’s benefind system....

Cabinet for Health and Family Services launches website to help users apply for assistance

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is launching a new self-service web portal where citizens can easily apply for assistance. The online service, called benefind, is the access point for Kentuckians to apply for programs such as Medicaid, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food benefits, and Kentucky Transitional...