By Molly BurchettKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- A little-known but key part of federal health reform created a new kind of health insurance -- a cooperative that is neither public, like Medicare and Medicaid, or run for profit, like traditional insurance companies. And the Kentucky Health Cooperative is offering coverage this week, with the opening of the state health-insurance exchange.Kentucky is one of 23 states with plans the law designated as Consumer Operated and Oriented, or "co-ops," designed to give for-profit companies more competition and hold down rates. The plans have received more than $2 billion in federal loans to build themselves from scratch, but have been operating largely under the radar.
Janie Miller (AP)"The co-op program is an extremely little known part of the Affordable Care Act," Kentucky Health Cooperative CEO Janie Miller said in an interview with Kentucky Health News. "It's been very difficult to get people to understand what the co-op is and why they should care."The Co-Op provision was a political compromise in the Affordable Care Act, developed as an alternative to the "public option" of a government-run plan. "It's the closest thing you can probably get to a public option," said Miller. “We [cooperatives] are created to be the non-profit options in most states… specifically for the uninsured and under-insured. ”But the co-op could also help all insurance buyers, by pushing private insurers to set premiums lower than they would without non-profit competition. "Since we are non-profit, we don’t have to add a profit margin to our products, so our price should be competitive," Miller said. "We believe the addition of the Kentucky Health Cooperative will be positive for Kentucky consumers by bringing more competition to the market," said Ronda Sloan, spokesperson for the state Department of Insurance, which approves premium rates. "While Humana is offering a limited service area, both Anthem and the Kentucky Health Cooperative are offering plans statewide." READ MORE
Shana CookLouisa, KY --- Three Rivers Medical Center (TRMC) is pleased to announce Shana Cook was recently named Admitting Supervisor. Most recently Cook worked for Three Rivers Medical Clinics as a clerk at the Immediate Care office. In her role, Cook will be responsible for the admitting department, including: switchboard, inpatient and outpatient registration and emergency department registration. Cook is originally from Mt. Sterling, Ky and attended Morehead State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing. She and her husband reside in Louisa. In her spare time, she enjoys following Lawrence County Basketball. www.threeriversmedicalcenter.com
Jill CantrellLouisa, KY --- Three Rivers Medical Center (TRMC) is pleased to announce it has promoted Jill Cantrell, RN, BSN, to director of Emergency Services. She has been with TRMC, in the Emergency Department, since 2004. Most recently, Cantrell worked as the assistant director. As director, she will be responsible for directing the operations of the Hospital’s Emergency Department, including the operational, financial and clinical management of the ED. She will also be responsible for quality management, safety and staffing for the ED, which has one of the shortest patient wait times in the area. “Jill exemplifies the type of leader we need to raise our level of emergency services to best in class,” said Greg Kiser, CEO. “She has the skills and talent necessary to ensure we have the highest level of care, service and quality.” A Williamson native, Cantrell graduated from Williamson High School, attended Marshall University and received her nursing degree from Ashland Community and Technical College and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Jacksonville University. She and her husband Mike reside in Louisa with their daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys Lawrence County, Marshall and Duke University athletics, boating, movies and traveling.
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