Enrollment for Health Coverage Begins

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UPDATE: 10/1/13 11:11 AM CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's online marketplace for health insurance coverage has run into glitches due to the heavy volume of consumers on the opening day of enrollment.

State officials say by mid-morning Tuesday, more than 20,000 people browsed the website and more than 1,000 people signed up for coverage that begins Jan. 1.

They say the heavy volume temporarily shut down the online application process, but computer specialists are working to fix the problems.

Similar problems occurred in other states.

Dominique Williams of Louisville wasn't able to sign up for coverage but set up an appointment to finish her application.

Williams is uninsured and relies on prayer and home remedies to deal with ailments.

Gov. Steve Beshear says some 640,000 Kentuckians are uninsured. Kentucky ranks at or near the top nationally for a series of health problems.


UPDATE: 10/1/13 8:34 AM CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Enrollment has begun for Kentucky's uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage as part of the federal health care law commonly known as "Obamacare."

The first phase of implementation opens Tuesday with the start of enrollment.

People can sign up for policies offered through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. Enrollment runs through the end of the year, and policies go into effect Jan. 1.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear calls the health care law a "sea change in the health of Kentuckians."

Beshear says some 640,000 Kentuckians are uninsured. Nearly half of those will be added to the state's Medicaid program. The remainder will be able to get insurance through the exchange.

Kentucky ranks at or near the top nationally for a series of health problems.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Enrollment is set to begin for Kentucky's
uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage as part of the federal health care law commonly known as "Obamacare."

The first phase of implementation opens Tuesday with the start of enrollment.

People can sign up for policies offered through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. Enrollment runs through the end of the year, and policies go into effect Jan. 1.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has led the push to implement the federal health care reforms for the Bluegrass State.

Beshear says some 640,000 Kentuckians are uninsured. Nearly half of those will be added to the state's Medicaid program. The remainder will be able to get insurance through the exchange.

Kentucky ranks at or near the top nationally for a series of health problems.

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