UPDATED: Kentucky Registers 55,000 for Health Insurance

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) UPDATED 6:10 PM -- The most recent numbers are in for Kentucky's state health insurance marketplace. The figures are only at half of the original estimate by the federal government.

Nearly 55,000 have signed up for coverage with Kynect. The federal government estimated 122,000 people would have signed up by now.

Despite the lower than expected numbers, local insurance agents said those who've recently signed up have been very pleased.

"It's worked out surprisingly well. They've gotten their cards on time. The claims are being paid. They haven't had a lot of issues," said Jill Schardein of Houchens Insurance Group.

More than half of the enrollees have been women and around 70% of the state's enrollees were eligible for other government assistance. Enrollment through Kynect goes through March 31.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Nearly 55,000 people have signed up for private health insurance through Kentucky's state health insurance marketplace, according to the latest figures from the federal government.

Through March 1, 54,945 people have selected a health plan through Kynect, the state-run health insurance marketplace for people who do not have health insurance through their employer.

The federal government originally estimated Kentucky would have signed up 122,000 by now. But various technical problems have caused many states to lower those projections.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's office says nearly 280,000 people have signed up for health insurance, including 222,719 people through Medicaid, the joint federal and state health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

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