Saturday, September 28, 2013

Weekly newspaper in Jessamine County localizes modifications visiting health insurance and medical care

The Jessamine Journal did an account this week that many Kentucky newspaper are able to do, spotlighting the local impacts of Medicaid expansion under federal health reform and federal tax credits for private insurance over the state many benefits exchange that opens Oct. 1, and comparing the local percentages to the remainder of the state.

This graphic by Jonathan Kleppinger illustrated the story.
"A bigger area of low-income individuals Jessamine County than in most Kentucky counties have been uninsured and are able to receive free coverage of health from the Affordable Care Act," Kelly McKinney began her story. She noted that just 21 counties within the state use a higher

percentage of people that have no health insurance and will be eligible for Medicaid if it expands Jan. 1.

McKinney attended a neighborhood expert with an analysis and wrote, "Having medical insurance will mean better health care for the estimated 3,535 low-income Jessamine Countians who haven't had insurance, said Randy Gooch, public health director for that Jessamine County Health Department." Gooch also mentioned some potential issues: having less enough health-care providers to handle influx of folks entering the regular health-care system, and a decrease in services by health departments because they can't bill insurance companies for services.

McKinney's story is a good example of the way to put these topics into local terms and present readers information they require about changes arriving at health insurance health care. For a while, it absolutely was the most-read story about the weekly paper's website.

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