Friday, June 12, 2015

Best Kept Secrets About Obamacare

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 5 years, you probably know about Obamacare. You might not know everything, but you should have at least heard of it.

Even still, there are people that apparently never watch the evening news, listen to the radio or read a newspaper.

About half of those living in Kentucky and classified as poor were not aware of the basics of Obamacare.
Since the fall of 2013, Medicaid enrollment in Kentucky has jumped by more than 500,000 people, or 88 percent, the highest increase in the country.  Another 109,000 people have enrolled in a private health plan through the state’s exchange.  - KHN
Well apparently the word is getting out somehow.

Interesting to note, but not all that shocking, that Medicaid enrollment is 5x the number enrolled in private health insurance.
While 49.5 percent of Kentucky’s poor said they heard little or nothing about the coverage options in the health care law, an earlier survey by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found that only a third were unfamiliar with “Kynect,” the Kentucky exchange.
Kynect sounds like children's building blocks. Maybe a name change is in order?
Another factor in low awareness, he said, is that many poor people lead busy lives and don’t make health insurance a priority when they are healthy.
Poor people have not cornered the market on having no interest in health insurance until they need it. I get tired of hearing people say they want to pay for something they probably won't ever need.

Also get tired of politicians voting on laws they have never read.

But that's a topic for another day.

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