Covering Kentucky

Jan 3, 2014 5:34 PM

More Than 123,000 Kentuckians Enrolled in Health Insurance Through kynect

Private health plans make up 27 percent of enrollments

FRANKFORT - At the halfway point of the six-month enrollment period, signups for affordable health insurance are still going strong - more than 123,000 Kentuckians are now enrolled in new health coverage.

More than 1 out of every 4 signups is for private health insurance.

kynect administrators strongly encourage those who have enrolled in private insurance plans to pay their first premium by Jan. 7 to ensure coverage begins promptly.

However, open enrollment continues through March 31 for any Kentuckian seeking health insurance. Those who apply by Jan. 15 can have coverage activated as soon as Feb. 1.

Since open enrollment began on Oct. 1, kynect has enrolled an average of 1,300 Kentuckians in new health coverage each day. kynect has been hailed as a national model since its launch for its smooth operation and easy interface for users looking for affordable health coverage.

Information for newly insured

If you signed up for coverage on or before Dec. 23 but haven't yet received your insurance cards in the mail, don't worry. Insurers are processing a high volume of new enrollments.

To verify coverage with your insurer, go to your kynect account. On the dashboard, click "View Details", then "Future Enrollments" to get your Enrollment ID Number.

Providing your kynect Enrollment ID Number to your insurance provider will assist issuers in locating new enrollees in their systems.

Welcome packets and invoices should arrive soon for people who signed up in the past several weeks.

Weekly statistics report

The below statistics reflect activity on kynect as of 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2:

· 778,314 unique visitors viewing nearly 25.6 million web pages

· 559,680 people conducted preliminary screenings to determine qualifications for

subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid

· 123,543 Kentuckians are enrolled in new health coverage, including Medicaid and private insurance

· 90,254 have enrolled in Medicaid

· 33,289 have enrolled in a qualified health plan

· 40 percent of the enrollees in Medicaid or qualified health plans are under 35 years old

· 41,664 have been found eligible for a subsidy to purchase a qualified health plan, but some have not yet chosen a plan

· 10,670 have enrolled in dental plans

· 1,283 small businesses have started applications for employee coverage; 520 of those businesses have completed applications and are eligible to offer coverage to employees.

· More than 321,000 calls processed by the kynect call center

For further updates on kynect numbers, visit governor.ky.gov/healthierky. Statistics will be updated there regularly.

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