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Kentuckians continue losing Medicaid coverage for unexplained reasons; bureaucratic hurdles an issue

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Some Kentuckians are losing Medicaid coverage, and don’t know why. According to the health care consumers group Families USA, the percentage of Medicaid enrollees in Kentucky dropped by 4 percent between 2017 and 2018, mirroring a national trend. Authors of a report by the group say that annual, or even monthly, eligibility re-determination processes, which...

Pew Trusts: Trump administration’s historic move to retool Medicaid goes beyond work requirements

By Michael Ollove Special to KyForward Requiring able-bodied adults to work for their Medicaid is just part of the Trump administration’s drive to remake the decades-old health insurance program for the poor. The administration signaled late last year that it welcomes state-based ideas to retool Medicaid and “help individuals live up to their highest potential.” At least 10 states have requested...

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...