State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Kentucky

Kentucky has expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Kentucky.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Kentucky has adopted a State-Federal Partnership model for their health insurance exchange. Visit the Kentucky Marketplace, Kynect, to compare health insurance plans that can be purchased on the exchange and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply. The state Medicaid agency has delegated authority to the West Virginia Marketplace to make determinations of eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP. [iii]

Eligibility and Enrollment: People can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are three ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and to apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can access Kentucky’s online application for free or low cost health benefits. [iv]

2) They can access free, in-person help.[v]

3) They can call to speak with an assister (1-855-459-6328, TTY 1-855-326-4654).[vi]

 

Kentucky Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and for application forms to download and print [vii]

Link to a list of toll-free hotline numbers[viii]

Link to search for county Health and Family Services Offices [ix]

Link to a summary of Kentucky’s basic eligibility guidelines [x]

Link to information on Kentucky’s Medicaid State Plan[xi]

In Kentucky, benefits covered are the same for the traditionally eligible Medicaid population and the Medicaid expansion population under the ACA; link to information on what is covered [xii]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director [xiii]

Link to manuals and information for Medicaid providers [xiv]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Illinois’ health insurance exchange? Visit Kynect to apply for coverage.[xv]

Where can you find help to enroll in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help[xvi]

 

State Health Information

How many people in Kentucky are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 13% (553,400) of Kentucky’s population was uninsured in 2013.[xvii]  The total number of potential marketplace participants is 261,000.[xviii]

How many are enrolled so far? 93,677 have selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[xix]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid?  308,000 of Kentucky’s uninsured were eligible for Medicaid as of November 2014; 269,000 of them are adults.[xx]

Is Kentucky a Medicaid health home state?  No.[xxi]

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

The Joint Interim Committee on Health and Welfare is co-chaired by: 

 

Other Related Information and Links for Kentucky

Link to information on the Kentucky Department of Corrections[xxiii]

Link to the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health website [xxiv]

Link to the Kentucky Association of Regional Programs to get information about Kentucky’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Kentucky [xxv]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxvi]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxvii]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxviii]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxix]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxx]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxxi]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxii]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxiii]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles: state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

[i]    See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State,  last viewed on January 5, 2015, at 2:54 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/kentucky.html.

[ii]   See supra at i.

[iii]  See The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Types, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 10:35 a.m.:  http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-health-insurance-marketplace-types/.

[iv]  See Kynect, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 2:56 p.m., https://kynect.ky.gov/.

[v]  See Kynect, Get Help, Find an Insurance Agent or Kynector, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 2:58 p.m., https://kynect.ky.gov/General/AgentOrKynector.

[vi] See Kynect, Get Help, Get Help Over the Phone, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:01 p.m., https://kynect.ky.gov/General/ContactUs.

[vii]See Kentucky.gov, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:02 p.m., http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/.

[viii]See supra vii.

[ix] See Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Local Office Search, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:18 p.m., https://prd.chfs.ky.gov/Office_Phone/index.aspx.

[x] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on January 5, 2015, at 3:18 p.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)

[xi] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on January 5, 2015, at 3:19 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Kentucky (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).

[xii] See Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services, Programs and Services, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:22 p.m., http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/services.htm.

[xiii]See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on January 5, 2015, at 3:26 p.m., http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors. (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)

[xiv] See Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Provider Resources, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:30 p.m., http://chfs.ky.gov/providers/.

[xv]  See Kynect, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:35 p.m., https://kynect.ky.gov/.

[xvi] See Kynect, Frequently Asked Questions, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:36 p.m., https://kynect.ky.gov/General/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:33 p.m., http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=KY.

[xviii]See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:33 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at January 5, 2015, at 3:33 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xx]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:34 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-kentucky/.

[xxi]  See The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Home State Plan Option, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 10:14 a.m., http://kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/health-home-state-plan-option/.

[xxii] See Kentucky.gov, House, Committees, last viewed on January 5, 2015 at 3:39 p.m., http://www.lrc.ky.gov/committee/standing/H&W(H)/home.htm.

[xxiii] See Kentucky Department of Corrections, last viewed on January 5, 2015, at 3:43 p.m., http://corrections.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

[xxiv] See Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Behavioral Health, last viewed on January 5, 2015, at 3:45 p.m., http://dbhdid.ky.gov/dbh/default.aspx.

[xxv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=KY.

[xxvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvii]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxviii] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxix]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxx]   See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxxi]   See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxii  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxiii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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