Governor Steve Beshear has named the members of the state health insurance exchange board. The now-19 member board includes top level officials from Kentucky's major insurers, including Anthem, Humana and Bluegrass Family Health. It also includes represents from the state’s major hospitals, including Central Baptist in Lexington and KentuckyOne Health, which operates statewide. Patient advocate groups, including Kentucky Voices for Health, AARP and Kentucky Youth Advocates, also have seats on the board.
The board’s purpose is to review policies and make recommendations for Kentucky’s state-run health insurance exchange, which is part of the Affordable Care Act. Residents will be able to compare and purchase health insurance plans using the exchange. The state must prove by the end of the year it can run the system, otherwise the federal government will take control.