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‘One-stop shop’ for health coverage opens; will also offer flu shots, health screenings

Kynect’s “one-stop shop” for health coverage is now open at Fayette Mall in Lexington.

The retail store for Kentucky’s health benefit exchange will be staffed daily by insurance agents certified by Kynect, as well as “Kynectors” who will assist individuals enrolling in a qualified health plan or Medicaid. Twice weekly, public health officials will also be on site to offer flu shots and health screenings to visitors.

The store will be open regular mall hours, excluding state holidays, through the close of open enrollment on Feb. 15.

“This storefront is one more way that Kynect is reaching out to individuals who are in the market for affordable health care coverage to make it convenient for them to enroll with the personalized help of a certified agent or Kynector,” said Gov. Steve Beshear, who was on hand for the opening. “This model has been successful in several other states and we believe it will be in Kentucky as well.”

Colorado and Connecticut each had at least one retail space during the 2013 open enrollment, several of which were located in a mall with a high volume of consumer foot traffic. The state’s Kynect team decided to open a storefront in Lexington because last year’s enrollment in Fayette and surrounding counties was low compared to other areas of the state.

The Kynect store will serve walk-in clients, as well as individuals who prefer to schedule an appointment and want help from an insurance agent or a Kynector to enroll in health care coverage through Kynect.

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Last year, more than 75 percent of Kynect enrollees qualified for some level of financial assistance to help offset the cost of their insurance premiums. An individual earning up to $45,960 a year will qualify for a discount; a family of four earning up to $94,200 will also receive a discount.

As of the first of November, Kentucky families had qualified for nearly $106 million in financial assistance to help reduce their cost for health insurance. Financial assistance is only available for plans purchased through Kynect.

In partnership with the Department for Public Health and area local health departments, the Kynect store will also offer twice weekly health screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Screenings will include periodic onsite flu shot clinics, as well as the promotion of breast and cervical cancer awareness, heart disease and stroke prevention, asthma and COPD, and osteoporosis and arthritis education.

From Office of the Governor

Thumbnail photo by Josh James/WUKY

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