In rural Kentucky, health-care debate takes back seat as the long-uninsured line up
“Covered California could have honored President Obama’s request without causing damage to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act or the exchange.” State Republican lawmakers said they will introduce legislation to allow consumers to keep their health plans in 2014. Most consumer advocates and insurance companies agreed with the exchange’s decision. They expressed concern about further confusing people who are already struggling to understand how a complex law will affect them. It’s also likely that insurers would have raised rates midyear on people renewing their coverage.
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But in a state where the rollout has gone smoothly, and in a county that is one of the poorest and unhealthiest in the country, Courtney Lively has been busy signing people up: cashiers from the IGA grocery, clerks from the dollar store, workers from the lock factory, call-center agents, laid-off coal miners, KFC cooks, Chinese green-card holders in town to teach Appalachian students. Graphic Although enrollment numbers for insurance exchanges set up in states by the federal government won’t be available for several weeks, states operating their own health-care insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, and the District of Columbia, have started to release enrollment data. Video Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff explains three proposals that would make good on President Obama’s promise that everyone can keep their health care plan. Now it was the beginning of another day, and a man Lively would list as Client 375 sat across from her in her office at a health clinic next to a Hardees.
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