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Some fear negative impact with health care exchange in Kentucky

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email
Governor Beshear believes Kynect, Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -

"Yesterday was one of the most exciting days that I've had since I've been Governor," said Governor Steve Beshear at a news conference Wednesday at UK Hospital.

Beshear believes Kynect, Kentucky's health care exchange will provide the 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians with the opportunity for affordable and quality coverage. But not everyone feels that way.

"Do we have system that needs work on it? Yes. But it is so broken that we throw it out and go with this nightmare," says Janey Moores, the owner of BJM Medical Staffing.

Moores believes you will feel an impact at the doctors office with more people seeking medical attention, "If it comes to the end of the day and the phone is still ringing because they're only getting x amount of money coming in. They can't keep people there because they can't keep paying for overtime. So, at some point, they have to close the door and say that's all we can take for today. Come back tomorrow and we will start again. That's the worry."

Under the health care exchange, pre-existing conditions will not prevent someone from getting coverage. Moores believes this will lead to more trouble, "In the healthcare field, they're not going to be able to give any consideration like that. So these insurance companies know they're getting ready to be hit. That's why they have these huge increases. It just goes on."

When we asked Moores if she thought this could benefit her business by putting more people to work, she explained she didn't think doctor's offices would be able to afford hiring on new employees.


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