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Beshear files complaint against President Trump's ACA cost-sharing decision

10/13/2017 02:41 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear, along with several other state attorney’s general, is suing President Trump over the White House’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act. Late Thursday night the Trump administration announced they would immediately stop supporting the cost-sharing subsidies the reimburse insurers for reducing co-pays for low-income Affordable Care Act enrollees. The Trump administration had been paying the subsidies month-to-month. Beshear and other Democratic attorney generals are now seeking to... Read more 

Trump signs executive order changing key parts of health insurance

10/12/2017 02:55 PM

Flanked by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday making way for major changes with health care insurance in the United States. In signing the executive order, Trump is acknowledging the inability of the Republican controlled-Congress to take action on dismantling and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The President is changing several provisions within the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, including allowing the sale of cheaper policies across state lines with... Read more 

Yarmuth joins amicus brief in support of Clean Power Plan

10/10/2017 04:19 PM

While many in Kentucky’s federal delegation are applauding the move to end the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is joining the fight to keep the Environmental Protection Agency rule. Yarmuth, D-Louisville, joined an amicus curiae brief on Tuesday in support of the Clean Power Plan, which sought to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030. The rule is aimed at curbing climate change, and touted as a measure to prevent 90,000 childhood asthma attacks over... Read more 

Andy Barr stocking good-will war chest ahead of 2018

10/10/2017 12:41 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is restocking his good-will war chest, Building America’s Republican Representation, BARR PAC, heading into a re-election year. Barr will be hosting a dinner on Thursday in Washington D.C. at Acqua Al 2, a rustic Italian restaurant on 7th Street in the nation’s capital. Contribution levels to BARR PAC range from $1,000 for a political action committee or personal guest, to $2,500 to be a host level PAC or guest host, according to Political Party Time a... Read more 

EPA chief announces withdraw from Clean Power Plan

10/09/2017 02:14 PM

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt traveled to Hazard, Kentucky on Monday to announce his plans to end an Obama-era regulation long denounced in the commonwealth by elected officials. Pruitt, flanked by state Sen. Brandon Smith and U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would sign a regulation on Tuesday effectively ending the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. “It’s good for eastern Kentucky to hear that right? No better place to make that announcement than Hazard, Kentucky,” Pruitt said at the event.... Read more 

Dreamer from Transylvania University rallies for DREAM Act, hopeful for congressional resolution as DACA nears end

10/07/2017 03:43 PM

LEXINGTON — Paola Garcia wasn’t expecting to become a YouTube sensation when she shared her experience with a fellow Transylvania University student who urged others to report her to Homeland Security and have her deported to Mexico. In fact, the undocumented immigrant didn’t even tell her parents before she uploaded her video for the world to see. “They were like, ‘What?’ but they weren’t surprised,” Garcia said in an interview Friday. “Another thing that my father’s always told me — me and... Read more 

Rand Paul: College athletes should be able to sign endorsement deals

10/06/2017 03:39 PM

LEXINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul joined a growing chorus of elected officials calling for college-athletes to be paid following a Federal Bureau of Investigations probe. Friday morning after Paul finished a meeting in Lexington he took a few minutes to answer questions on taxes, gun control and the FBI investigation of alleged bribery at several big time college basketball programs. The federal law enforcement investigation didn’t specifically name any Kentucky programs; however the Athletic Director and Head basketball coach at... Read more 

Barr targets foreign banks doing business with North Korea in newly filed legislation

10/03/2017 10:44 AM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is hoping to impose heavy financial sanctions against North Korea, filing legislation that would target foreign banks that transact with any businesses in the communist country. The Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act of 2017 would also punish financial institutions that do business with North Korean laborers, zeroing in on an estimated $300 million in wages confiscated by the North Korean government, according to a news release from Barr’s office. Barr’s legislation, if passed, would dovetail... Read more 

Congress misses CHIP funding deadline; Advocate calls for bipartisan push to extend coverage

10/02/2017 03:20 PM

Despite a bill moving through the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in September, Congress missed a key health insurance funding deadline which puts 100,000 Kentucky kids and 9 million kids around the nation in jeopardy. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP, or KCHIP in Kentucky provides low-cost health coverage for children in families with low and moderate income. The bipartisan program was passed in 1997, renewed in 2015 and set to be renewed on Sept. 30, 2017... Read more 

Bevin takes part in White House red tape reduction meeting

10/02/2017 01:10 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, traveled to the nation’s capital on Monday to meet with President Trump and other governor’s at the “Liberating America from Bureaucracy,” red tape reduction meeting in the White House. Bevin tweeted a photograph of Trump holding a red-button lapel pin brandishing a pair of scissors on Monday. The tweets said Bevin and “a few other governors” were meeting with Trump to “discuss his upcoming red tape reduction plan.” “Kentucky is part of the national conversation like... Read more 

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