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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 15, 2016 10:53 AM
On September 13, KHREF will host a webinar to help health providers prepare to meet their obligations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued the implementing regulation for Section 1557 of the ACA. The regulation builds upon longstanding nondiscrimination regulations and provides important new protections, including prohibitions against sex discrimination in health programs and activities and nondiscrimination requirements for health insurance programs and activities. By eliminating barriers that are based on discrimination, Section 1557 is important to achieving the Affordable Care Act’s goals of expanding access to health care and coverage, eliminating barriers, and reducing health disparities.

View the brochure for details and register today...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:41 AM

LanguageLine (Pacific Interpreters) is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, August 2 for health care providers to learn about essential consumers’ rights under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and guidance on how to meet your obligations to protect the civil rights of Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.

The 60-minute webinar includes:

  • An overview of the new requirements
  • „Helpful tips for organizations seeking to comply „„
  • Northeast Georgia Health System’s experience developing and implementing a language access plan

To register, visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/languagelineservicesinc~080216.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, September 03, 2015 8:04 AM

Hospitals are invited to participate in a stakeholder call with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to discuss an important update as it relates to the Affordable Care Act. The speaker will be Jocelyn Samuels, director of the Office for Civil Rights. There will also be the opportunity for questions and answers.

CALL DETAILS
Thursday, September 3
2:15 p.m. (ET)
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 11, 2015 10:19 AM
On Friday, May 8, KHA hosted a press conference to announce the publication of a new report outlining the changes Kentucky hospitals are facing in the wake of the nearly $7 billion in federal cuts they will suffer through 2024.

The report details an analysis, by the national consulting firm of Dobson/DaVanzo, of the impact these payment cuts will have on the financial bottom line of Kentucky hospitals. The analysis found Kentucky hospitals will lose more money than they gain in new revenue from expanded health insurance coverage. KHA supports the governor’s decision to expand Medicaid and the significant revenue it generates; however, the new expansion revenue is less than the cuts Kentucky hospitals will experience in order to finance the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

KHA also released the results of a survey...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:09 AM
Two federal judicial panels on Tuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the government subsidizes premiums through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), creating more uncertainty over signature legislation that has been dogged by challenges from Republicans and other conservatives.

The rulings, handed down by appeals court judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia, could lead to a new showdown over the ACA before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's health care insurance overhaul.

The cases deal with the federal government's ability to offer premium tax credits to people who purchase insurance through the federal insurance marketplace that serves the majority of the 8 million consumers who have signed up for private coverage for 2014.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that the ACA allows subsidies that help pay for insurance premiums to be offered only to...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 21, 2014 10:15 AM
On Wednesday, July 16, the Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee met in Frankfort. Kentucky Medicaid Commissioner Lawrence Kissner spoke at the meeting to provide an update on Affordable Care Act (ACA) activities in Kentucky.

During his presentation, Kissner told the committee that the federal government has kept the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments as they have been from federal fiscal year (FFY) 2009 to 2013 – the same as before the ACA. He stated that some hospitals have received more additional Medicaid payments from Medicaid expansion than others. He said that 78-79 hospitals are getting paid more in Medicaid expansion payments plus they are still receiving DSH payments (not counting UK Chandler Medical Center, University of Louisville Hospital and the psychiatric hospitals).

Representative Robert Benvenuti (R-Lexington) pointed out to Commissioner Kissner that hospitals are seeing more self pay patients and those with high deductible plans in addition to the losses hospitals...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 14, 2014 2:57 PM

Over the past several months, the Department of Health and Human Services has been busy issuing rules and guidance for the 2015 plan year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces and Medicare Advantage. These are complex rules and guidance, and the implications for hospitals and hospital systems as caregivers, employers and, in some cases, insurers will vary.

The American Hospital Association has issued a Regulatory Advisory which features a compendium of the key rules and guidance. It provides a brief summary, identifies key hospital-related issues and includes web links to associated regulatory documents.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 24, 2014 10:30 AM

According to Governor Steve Beshear's website, 321,932 Kentuckians have enrolled via the state health insurance exchange, kynect, as of March 21. Eighty percent of those enrollees (257,477) however will be added to the Medicaid program and not purchasing private insurance.

Only 64,455 people have signed up for private health insurance so far. Of those, the most popular plan level is Silver (41 percent) – the level of coverage tied to federal subsidies. The second most popular level is Platinum (28 percent), which provides the most coverage. Seventeen percent of enrollees chose the Gold level and 11 percent chose Bronze.

View the kynect Enrollment Data for details of individuals enrolled by county.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 20, 2014 10:15 AM
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law March 2010. While most aspects of the law were not scheduled to begin until 2012, hospitals began feeling the effects early on due to the mandated reduction in Medicare payments. Hospitals are estimated to incur $155 billion in cuts over 10 years with Kentucky hospitals’ portion estimated at $2.1 billion. The year 2014 marks the full implementation of the ACA with the mandate that individuals be insured by January 1, 2014, or incur a penalty. There are many questions as to how the ACA will play out in the coming years and what impact it will have on Kentucky hospitals.

It is estimated there are 650,000 Kentuckians without insurance, with over 300,000 of the uninsured eligible for expanded Medicaid in the state. Kentucky chose to operate a state-run insurance market to assist uninsured individuals enrolling in Medicaid if eligible and for others to purchase insurance coverage. The Kentucky exchange (kynect) began operations on October 1, 2013, and...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, January 10, 2014 10:49 AM
AHA will host an ACA Enrollment Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Health Care Providers on Thursday, January 16.

There are four different calls to provide opportunities for more people to participate. Click on the time that best suits your schedule to register:

9:00-10:00 a.m. EST 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST  4:00-5:00 p.m. EST  9:00-10:00 p.m. EST  Hear about how individual providers, clinics and hospitals can play a central role in getting America covered. 

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