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Medicare Advantage is in open enrollment period; Legal Aid of the Bluegrass can answer your questions, provide help

Each year, between January 1 and March 31, is the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period. During this time of the year, current Medicare Advantage plan members can leave their plan and return to Original Medicare as well as enroll in a Part D prescription drug plan to supplement their Original Medicare. SHIP is ready to help. Members also have the option to switch to a different Medicare Advantage...

Community Action KY low-income home energy assistance program open enrollment starts Jan. 6

Community Action Kentucky has announced open enrollment for the Crisis Component of its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin next week. Applications will be accepted January 6 through March 31, 2020, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Qualified residents should apply at any one of the 23 Community Action Agencies located across the state.  “LIHEAP...

As open enrollment period winds down, Kentucky assisters ready to help applicants navigate system

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Open enrollment for health coverage through healthcare.gov ends next week, and application assisters say they are still available to help residents figure out what plans are right for them. Georgia Funk is outreach and enrollment coordinator at Big Sandy Health Care in Pikeville. She says many eastern Kentucky residents are still not aware they can enroll. Across...

Open enrollment for federally subsidized health insurance begins this Friday, runs through Dec. 15

Open enrollment for federally subsidized health insurance in Kentucky next year will begin this Friday (Nov. 1) and run through Dec. 15. Plans will cost more or less than this year, depending on the insurer and the type of plan. And many consumers will have more choices. (Click for larger image) Policies offered on the federal insurance exchange by Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky will be an average...

Deadline to sign up for insurance on Healthcare.gov is Dec. 15, but most Americans don’t know

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With just two weeks left to sign up for federally subsidized health insurance for 2019, time is running out. The deadline for open enrollment on Healthcare.gov is Dec. 15, and fewer Kentuckians have enrolled compared to the same time last year. Four weeks into the six-week enrollment period, Kentucky enrollment on the federal exchange is 22,565. That is 5,414...

Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance plan starts Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15

Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance plans at healthcare.gov is quickly approaching.  The Health Benefit Exchange (HBE), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is working to ensure Kentuckians are prepared, informed and have the resources they need to choose a 2018 health plan.  This year’s open enrollment, which runs from November 1 until December 15, is...

Rural Blog: Deep budget cuts for health care ads could hurt rural enrollment in Affordable Care Act

The Trump administration has announced deep cuts to programs that help people learn about and sign up for health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Department of Health and Human Services officials told reporters that “advertising will be cut to $10 million for the 2018 open enrollment season. That’s down from $100 million for the 2017 sign-up season. Funding...

Medicaid participants can change managed-care organization through Dec. 16; five options

Kentuckians with Medicaid coverage can switch to a different managed-care organization though Dec. 16. Switching is voluntary and coverage with a newly chosen MCO will start Jan. 1. Kentuckians can apply for Medicaid benefits at any time during the year through the state Department for Community Based Services. Upon initial enrollment, Medicaid participants must choose a MCO, but have a 90-day window...

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,...