Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Legislator’s Log - Week of January 5, 2014

yonts d 300KENTUCKY (1/5/14) - The state’s 14-year-old high-risk insurance pool—called Kentucky Access—closed its doors on Dec. 31 to make way for mandatory health insurance coverage effective Jan. 1 under the federal Affordable Care Act. But there is still time for those who were covered by Kentucky Access to get insured.

That is because open enrollment through “kynect”--the state’s new health insurance exchange-- will continue through March 31, 2014, according to the Kentucky Access web site. (Individuals who needed coverage by Jan. 1, through kynect or directly through an insurer, were instructed by Kentucky Access to enroll no later than Dec. 15.) That gives individuals without employer-sponsored coverage or Medicare a few more months to compare their options by going to the kynect web site at kynect.ky.gov, or by calling kynect toll-free at 1-855-4kynect (1-855-459-6328).

One thing is absolutely certain: individuals with high-cost medical conditions for whom Kentucky Access was designed should not let their coverage lapse. Continuity of care through Kentucky Access will only be approved under limited circumstances, and for a very limited time, so everyone must find new coverage.

That is where kynect comes in. The highly-praised kynect site will help individuals determine if they are eligible for discounted private insurance or Medicaid. It will help folks choose a plan that works for them and their family.

Let’s step back for a moment and look at what precipitated these changes. Kentucky Access’ closure was expedited by the ACA, widely known as Obamacare, which requires insurers to enroll individuals regardless of their health status. The mandate did away with the need for Kentucky Access’ guaranteed individual coverage, approved by the 2000 Kentucky General Assembly with the passage of House Bill 517.

I supported the creation of Kentucky Access in 2000 as part of a bipartisan push to help citizens obtain insurance coverage that they would otherwise not be able to get. It was the only health insurance option for hundreds of seriously-ill Kentuckians at a time when private insurers were leaving the state’s individual market in droves. And it was well-funded with client premiums, assessments on insurers, and $230 million in state tobacco settlement dollars since opening for business in 2001.

According to the Kentucky Department of Insurance, the program had 4,800 Kentuckians insured near its peak.

Essentially, the program’s creation was the result of industry and government coming together to address the problem of insurance inaccessibility. It was a new idea for Kentucky made possible by necessity and political will. And it worked well.

Now, that availability of otherwise unaffordable and inaccessible coverage is continuing under the ACA, which will provide coverage for thousands who were previously uninsured, including those with or without high-cost conditions. While many are “holding their breath” about the outcome of the ACA I am sure folks who need coverage and didn’t have it before are hoping for the best.

This week signals the beginning of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly—a 60 legislative-day session that will lead to the passage of a state budget for the next two years and tackling of some other major policy issues. We will get into more of that in my next column.

Stay warm, and stay informed of what’s happening in your Kentucky General Assembly over the next several weeks. And, as always, have a great week ahead.
 
Please share your ideas with me by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also send me a letter addressed to: Rep. Brent Yonts, Capitol Annex, Rm. 366 A, 702 Capitol Ave., Frankfort KY 40601.


Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted

In Other News...

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (7/21/14) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close Kentucky 1337 in Hopkins County… Read More

2013-2014 Hopkins County Adult Education Graduates Announced

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (7/21/14) — 'Never doubt yourself' was the message heard by the 2013-2014 graduates participating… Read More
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 18, 2014 2775

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1820

Hopkins County Health Department Food…

in News by Lisa Miller
July 18, 2014 1718

K9 Unit Helps Find Meth in Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1623

Man Injured in Depoy Accident

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 18, 2014 1460

Owensboro Police Department Reports…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 18, 2014 2775

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 19, 2014 940

Local Hip-Hop Artist, Marack, Talks About…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
July 19, 2014 759

Riddle Insurance Inaugural Flight

in Top Stories by Ron Sanders
July 21, 2014 682

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 489

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 18, 2014 1460

Owensboro Police Department Reports…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 524

Portion of Southeastern Parkway Closed…

in News by Beth Cecil
July 18, 2014 390

Owensboro Begins Year-Long, Long Range…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 341

Strahan Selected as Cravens Elementary…

in Top Stories by Julie Ellis
July 21, 2014 141

ODC 14-Year-Olds Win West State, Move on…

in Top Stories by Steve LeMaster

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 18, 2014 1718

K9 Unit Helps Find Meth in Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1623

Man Injured in Depoy Accident

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 21, 2014 1447

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 18, 2014 1200

From New York to Greenville, Iron Beam…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 19, 2014 1130

Cash Mob Descends on Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03