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Study finds more than a quarter of insured adults are under-insured due high-deductible health plans

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More than one-fourth of U.S. adults with health insurance were under-insured in 2016, including 44 percent who got their coverage from the federal marketplace and almost 25 percent who got their coverage from employer plans, according to a recent study. Using data from The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, a report from the fund...

Low-income adults in Medicaid expansion in Kentucky, Arkansas report better health, care

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Two states that expanded Medicaid through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act showed a 41 percent increase in the number of enrollees with a regular health-care provider and a 23 percent increase in the share who report excellent health, according to a three-year study of Kentucky and Arkansas. The study also found that low-income adults with chronic...

Health ranking of region served by Lexington hospitals rates lowest in state, among worst in nation

By Danielle Ray Kentucky Health News The region served by Lexington hospitals, most of the eastern half of Kentucky, has the worst health ranking of any such area in the state and one of the poorest in the nation. However, it is among the best in the nation in beating expectations when it comes to lowering the number of people without insurance, thanks to the state’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility. So...