Kentucky Primary Election: What to know about voting and absentee ballots Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

It's an unusual primary election due to COVID-19, and the reduced polling locations, along with the large number of absentee ballots.

        

Beshear Plans To Bring Back State-Based Health Exchange In 2022 Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday that Kentucky will transition back to a state-based health insurance exchange, known as Kynect.

In 2017, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin dismantled Kynect, and Kentuckians had to start purchasing health coverage on the federal exchange instead. That federal program comes with about a 3% user fee, which Beshear said cost people in Kentucky $9.8 million in 2018.

“In the last four years we moved backwards on health care,” Beshear said. “We’ve been paying more, over the last four years, to get less.”

The move back to Kynect also has a price tag: a one-time cost of $5 million to get the system going again, and between one and two million dollars in annual operating costs. But Beshear said it will lower the premiums Kentucky patients pay, simplify coverage, and improve health outcomes statewide.

The governor pointed to Kentucky’s high rates of diabetes, lung cancer, and congestive heart failure as factors that made our population susceptible to complications from coronavirus.

“This pandemic shows us that lack of good health care options makes us more vulnerable and less resilient,” Beshear said.

Kynect was started in 2013 by Beshear’s father, former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. When the state-based exchanged was launched, about 500,000 people who previously didn’t qualify were able to enroll in Medicaid and other health plans, according to the state.

Gov. Beshear said he has sent a letter of intent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informing them of Kentucky’s plans to move to a state-based exchange beginning January 2022.

Motion filed to permanently dismiss charges against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

If the case were to be dismissed with prejudice, it would mean Kenneth Walker could not be reindicted for those charges at any time.

        

What activities are safe to resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted? Infectious disease expert weighs in Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

All of Dr. Paul Schulz's advice is assuming people have been distancing for weeks. With a little time, he said things could change.

Separating facts from fiction in the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

Even some facts that have been released through police reports and audio tapes have caused confusion.

6 children transported to hospital with minor injuries after car crash in Louisville Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

A two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Chestnut St. and S. 26th St. Wednesday evening in Louisville, according to police.

       

Bellarmine University fall classes to begin Aug. 20; will not have a fall break Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

Classes will be back on Aug. 20, and the semester will be shorter, President Susan Donovan said.

Bigger crowd lines up for day 2 of face-to-face unemployment help Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

Due to the massive turnouts, the state is planning to make the same help available Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        

JCPS plans for new challenges, expenses of upcoming school year Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

Whether students get back in the classroom or stay home, both options come at a cost.

Police: 10 injured, including 6 children, in intersection crash in Louisville’s Russel neighborhood Wednesday, Jun 17 2020 

Photos from the scene show one of the vehicles involved in the crash overturned at the scene.

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