UNITED HEALTH INSURANCE (aetna) announced on Tuesday that it would offer health insurance to about 5,000 people in Kentucky who don’t qualify for Medicaid and who work full time.
The new coverage would cover people who are part of the so-called “economic expansion” program, which provides free health insurance and other support to people who can’t afford private coverage or don’t have insurance.
But many of the newly insured would be the very people the state had said they wouldn’t be able to afford under Obamacare.
The announcement was made just days before the start of the state’s March 10 deadline for the federal government to start enforcing the health law’s new Medicaid expansion.
The federal government announced it would begin implementing the Medicaid expansion on March 15.
The expansion covers about 22 million people in the state.
The state also announced Tuesday that its workforce of 4.5 million will expand to 2.6 million by 2022, a significant jump from the 2.2 million workers who were added in 2014.
“As Kentucky continues to expand access to affordable health care, this news is a welcome addition to the state economy and the American people’s faith in the health care system,” Kentucky Gov.
Matt Bevin said in a statement.
While some of the new employees will be people who previously had health insurance or Medicaid, most of them will be the new Medicaid enrollees.
The expansion is expected to add an additional 700,000 to Kentucky’s total workforce, according to the Kentucky Department of Commerce.
The enrollment is part of Kentucky’s economic expansion plan.
Some states, such as Georgia, have seen a surge in enrollment since the federal health law passed in 2010.
Many states are also expanding Medicaid coverage to people with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Kentucky will be one of only two states that don’t offer coverage to Medicaid enrollee below 138% of the poverty level, and it’s one of the few states that doesn’t have the same type of expansion as the expansion.
Many states have faced problems expanding Medicaid, particularly because it is not a single-payer system and many states do not provide benefits.
In Kentucky, about half of the residents eligible for Medicaid are low-income individuals and children.
In Kentucky, those who receive Medicaid don’t pay the full cost of the coverage, so the state will have to pick up some of that cost as a share of their income.
This can mean a lot of extra cash for Kentucky’s public employees, but it’s not a major financial burden for taxpayers, said Matt Riddle, senior economist at the Commonwealth Fund, a Washington-based research and advocacy group.
KENTUCKY STATE COUNCILMAN: ACA ‘HIGHLY VALUABLE’ for Democrats, says Kentucky’s Democratic Party source CNN article U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican from Kansas City, announced Tuesday he is endorsing Democratic candidate for U. S. Senate Jeff Bingaman, who has pledged to make the health insurance expansion a top priority.
Binghamaman is expected in the race for U,S.
Senate next year.
He has vowed to repeal the ACA, which he called the worst health care law in U. history, and said he plans to make health insurance coverage more affordable for all Americans.
He also has called for the expansion of Medicaid.
After the Kentucky health insurance announcement, Bingaman’s campaign announced that he had raised $1 million in less than 24 hours.