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GOP senator suggests expanding Kynect to other states to help fund Medicaid expansion

By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   While the Republican nominee for governor says he would dismantle the state health-insurance exchange branded as Kynect, a GOP senator is talking about not only keeping it, but expanding it to other states to pay for the other big feature of federal health reform: expanded Medicaid.   Sen. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester made the suggestion at a legislative...

Special enrollment period for health coverage will help Kentuckians avoid tax penalties

A special enrollment period will begin March 2 and continue through April 30 to give those Kentuckians unaware of possible tax penalties more time to sign up for health coverage.   “We had a tremendously successful second open enrollment period, with many new individuals signing up or continuing their health coverage through Kynect,” said Gov. Steve Beshear, who made the announcement today....

Kynect policyholders get premium notices,
are urged to see if a better plan is available

Kentucky Health News   The 80,000-plus Kentuckians who bought private health insurance during the first open enrollment period under the federal health reform law are getting letters notifying them of their new premium and subsidy amounts. Most policies will cost more, and the overall average increase is expected to be 4.6 percent.   Policyholders will be automatically enrolled in the same...

Beshear cites improvements to Kynect, says state is ready for upcoming open enrollment

A series of improvements to Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange, will improve consumer experience and encourage more Kentuckians to enroll in affordable health insurance, Gov. Steve Beshear said at a press conference today. Open enrollment on Kynect begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15.   “Kentucky is the hands-down national leader in helping people access affordable health care....

Women leading Kentucky health: Haynes’ aim is to get reform ‘baked in’ before end of term

This is the last in a series if stories about four high-ranking female state officials who have guided the state’s embrace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   How does a person create lasting change in an ever-changing political environment? “Bake it in,” says Audrey Tayse Haynes.   As secretary for the Cabinet for...

Women leading Kentucky health: Kynect’s Banahan excited to reach even more people

Carrie Banahan discussed Kynect with a man in Pikeville lastsummer. (Wall Street Journal photo by Ian Bates)   This is the first in a series of stories about four high-ranking female state officials who have guided the state’s embrace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Energy exudes from Carrie Banahan when she talks about...

Health care deadline means Kynect signup surge; those who started can finish applying

After a huge surge of applications in the final days, more than 370,000 Kentuckians enrolled in new health care coverage through kynect since Oct. 1.   While open enrollment was scheduled to end at midnight on March 31, Kentuckians who encountered trouble completing or starting an application due to high demand will be able to complete enrollment starting April 4 through midnight April 11.   ...

Officials say state poised to make ‘remarkable progress’ in improving Kentuckians’ health

  Kentucky’s health is “in dire need of improvement,” yet the state is poised to make remarkable progress in the coming years by building on its recent efforts to make all Kentuckians healthier. That was the diagnosis from the state’s public health commissioner to members of the “kyhealthnow” Oversight Team during its first meeting.   Kyhealthnow was created last month to reduce...