April 24, 2014

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Sen. Katie Stine reviews Kentucky congressional week

The Senate continued working hard this week passing bills addressing healthcare, the state’s debt, school safety, economic development, and the justice system. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Healthcare

Senate Bill 3 allows for a Christian medical-needs sharing program to return to Kentucky after being rejected last year by the Kentucky Department of Insurance. This insurance-like program has helped hundreds of people in our state afford health insurance and even qualifies as certified coverage under the federal Affordable Healthcare Act. There are three such programs in Kentucky.

Senate Bill 43 allows for greater access to healthcare by the general population by making it easier for physician’s assistants to work in Kentucky rather than graduating from our schools and then leaving the state.  We have many areas here that are medically under-served and these medical professionals fill a real need in our communities.