Kentucky – consistently ranked in the bottom 20 percent of states – is ranked 44th in the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Kentucky, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Kentucky started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Kentucky's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Kentucky Health Care Reform — The Kentucky Department of Insurance is working to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Kentucky State Publications on Health Insurance — Brings you down to the health insurance section.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services — The health insurance section of the official state site.
Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare — A coalition of individuals and organizations working to pass universal, single payer health insurance as embodied in the plan of the Physicians for a National Health Program and in HR 676, the Medicare for All legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Kentucky.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Kentucky -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Kentucky.
Why health care reform is important to Kentucky -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Kentucky.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Kentucky -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Kentucky.
Kentucky mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Kentucky -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $114 per family in 2012.
02/23/2013 7:02 PM
Live Insurance News — The state established the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange, with 30 employees, hundreds of contractors, and an annual budget of $40 million. About 600,000 people are expected to gain coverage through Kentucky’s exchange.
09/27/2012 5:09 PM
WEKU Radio — The 19-member board is just getting started after the exchange was established by a July executive order.
09/20/2012 5:09 PM
The Courier-Journal — During a hearing to discuss the state’s exchange, Republican committee members passed a motion challenging Gov. Steve Beshear’s establishment of a health insurance exchange. Democrats walked out of the hearing prior to the vote.
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