More than 26,000 Kentuckians Sign Up for Coverage

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 26,000 Kentuckians have signed up for medical coverage through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, the vast majority of whom will become Medicaid recipients.

Gov. Steve Beshear released updated enrollment numbers Thursday. So far, 21,342 people have been enrolled in Medicaid program and another 4,832 in private insurance plans since Oct. 1.

Coverage won't begin until Jan. 1 for the new enrollees.

More than 300,000 people have visited the exchange website. Of that number, nearly 268,000 have conducted pre-screenings to determine eligibility for Medicaid or for government subsidies to buy private insurance. In addition, 51,482 people have begun filling out applications.

Beshear has received accolades for Kentucky's rollout of the federal health reforms. The state hasn't had the technical glitches that have hampered the federal health benefit exchange

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