Friday, August 1 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:52:34 GMT
U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000.Full Story >
U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the...Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:28:16 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been...Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:44:35 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.Full Story >
FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) -
Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the inclusion of
308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program.
expansion, together with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange, ensures that every Kentuckian will have access to affordable health
expansion – made in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) –
will help hundreds of thousands of Kentucky families and create nearly 17,000 new jobs and have a $15.6 billion positive
economic impact on the state between its beginning in Fiscal Year 2014 and full
implementation in Fiscal Year 2021, he said.
have repeatedly said that I believe it is in the best interest of the
Commonwealth and its citizens to provide better access to health care for our
people. My only concern was the cost," said Gov. Beshear. "We have
now done the exhaustive research – and our conclusion matched what most other
states have found: by expanding Medicaid, Kentucky will come out ahead in terms
of both health outcomes and finances. In fact, if we don't expand Medicaid, we
will lose money."
currently provides health care for low-income or disabled citizens. After
the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ACA last year, states have the option to
expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals who earn up to 138 percent of the
Federal Poverty Level (FPL), with the guarantee that the federal government
will cover the entire cost for the first three years.
expansion will be effective January 1, 2014.
640,000 Kentuckians are uninsured. By expanding Medicaid eligibility, an
estimated 308,000 Kentuckians will qualify for health care coverage.
Beshear pointed to Kentucky's dismal rankings in multiple health outcomes as
one of the reasons to give lower-income Kentucky families access to reliable,
quality health care. In 2012, Kentucky's overall health ranking was 44th.
Kentucky is at the bottom of many national health rankings, including 50th
in smoking, 40th in obesity, 41st in diabetes, 50th
in cancer deaths, 49th in heart disease, 43rd in high
cholesterol, 44th in annual dental visits and 48th in
Kentucky, Medicaid or Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
benefits are currently available to:
if they have disability, serve as the caretaker relative for a child who is
eligible for Medicaid and on average has income below 43 percent of (FPL), or
are pregnant; and
with family income up to 200 percent of FPL.
will allow more than 308,000 Kentuckians to access reliable, quality health
care. The new threshold of 138 percent of FPL means a single person with
no children earning less than $15,856 per year is eligible to sign up for
Medicaid. A family of four with an annual income of less than $32,499 is
new state website houses information about the expansion, including the CHFS
white paper and letters from supporters. Visitors can also explore
county-by-county data such as how many citizens will be newly eligible for
Medicaid, or how much county jails spent on medical care last year. Visit
to learn more.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.