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Posted: Saturday, 16 November 2013 2:20PM

Thousand Enrolled in Kynect

Despite problems nationally, the Governors office says Kentucky's Kynect Health Care Exchange has been a model for a continuous and smooth operation within the Affordable Health Care Act.

Reports say almost 48 thousand Kentuckians have enrolled in the health care exchange with the majority of those being added to Kentucky's Medicaid rolls.   380 thousand people have conducted preliminary screenings with just under 48 thousand enrolled in new coverage. More than 39 thousand of those new enrollees were in Medicaid. Around 41 percent of the enrollees are younger than 35. The release from the Governor's office says around 1000 Kentuckians enroll each day.

In September when the Governor explained Kentucky's health care exchange, he said 308 thousand of Kentucky's working poor would be covered by Medicaid and another 332 thousand uninsured Kentuckians would be able to enroll in the Kynect Health Care Exchange for a total of 640 thousand Kentuckians needing insurance coverage as mandated by the Affordable Health Care Act.

The deadline for individuals to sign up on the exchange is December 15th for coverage to start January 1st. Since this is the first year of the Affordable Health Care Act open enrollment will last through March 31st. At the current rate of enrollment it is estimated that more than 184 thousand of Kentucky's uninsured will have found new insurance coverage.

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