Even if automatically re-enrolled, check out your healthcare options; open enrollment ends Dec. 15

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News This is the first year that more than 80,000 Kentuckians with a 2017 health insurance plan on the federal exchange will be automatically re-enrolled in a 2018 marketplace plan. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t check out other options before open enrollment ends Dec. 15. “People should not automatically assume that they are going to get re-enrolled...

GOP senator suggests expanding Kynect to other states to help fund Medicaid expansion

By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   While the Republican nominee for governor says he would dismantle the state health-insurance exchange branded as Kynect, a GOP senator is talking about not only keeping it, but expanding it to other states to pay for the other big feature of federal health reform: expanded Medicaid.   Sen. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester made the suggestion at a legislative...

Beshear cites improvements to Kynect, says state is ready for upcoming open enrollment

A series of improvements to Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange, will improve consumer experience and encourage more Kentuckians to enroll in affordable health insurance, Gov. Steve Beshear said at a press conference today. Open enrollment on Kynect begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15.   “Kentucky is the hands-down national leader in helping people access affordable health care....

One in every 10 Kentuckians has enrolled
in health care coverage through kynect

More than one in every 10 Kentuckians now has affordable health care – many for the first time, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. That’s 413,410 Kentuckians who enrolled through the state-run exchange, kynect, in the first open enrollment period that ended March 31.   Another 30,000 individuals signed up for health care coverage during the April 4-11 kynect special enrollment period....

Officials say state poised to make ‘remarkable progress’ in improving Kentuckians’ health

  Kentucky’s health is “in dire need of improvement,” yet the state is poised to make remarkable progress in the coming years by building on its recent efforts to make all Kentuckians healthier. That was the diagnosis from the state’s public health commissioner to members of the “kyhealthnow” Oversight Team during its first meeting.   Kyhealthnow was created last month to reduce...

With surge in applications expected, state’s health exchange to open seven days a week

In anticipation of a surge in applications this month, the state’s health benefit exchange – kynect – will be open seven days a week beginning this Sunday, Dec. 8.   Gov. Steve Beshear extended the call center’s hours for what is expected to be a peak enrollment period. For insurance coverage to take effect on January 1, 2014, it must be purchased through an exchange by...

Kentucky’s health benefit exchange rollout continues to gain attention on national stage

(Photo from kynect)   Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s The Ed Show visited the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange yesterday to tape an interview with Gov. Steve Beshear about the state’s successful rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The program aired last night and can be seen here.   You might also be interested in reading More than 32,000 – many under age 35 – enrolled...

In less than a month, state’s health benefits exchange enrolls over 26,000 Kentuckians

  Kentucky’s health benefits exchange, kynect, has garnered widespread praise since its launch Oct. 1, and apparently with good reason. The site has has had more than 300,000 unique visitors and enrolled more than 26,000 Kentuckians in less than a month.   “People who say the Affordable Care Act doesn’t work need look no further than Kentucky. Not only is it working here, Kentuckians...