Nearly 2 Million KY Page Views for Affordable Health Insurance

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2013) – Kentuckians are showing no signs of slowing in seeking information about affordable, reliable health care insurance through "kynect." Since the state’s online health benefit exchange launched on Tuesday, almost 118,000 unique visitors to the site have viewed nearly 2 million web pages.

Almost 109,000 people have been pre-screened to determine qualifications for payment assistance, subsidies, and programs like Medicaid. So far, individuals and families have started nearly 13,000 applications for insurance.

Below are the statistics that reflect activity on "kynect" as of 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time Thursday Oct. 3:

· 117,954 unique visitors to; viewing 1,825,779 web pages.

· 108,994 people conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid.

· 12,779 applications for health care coverage have been started; 8,309 are completed.

· 3,505 individuals and/or families are enrolled in new affordable health care coverage.

· 122 small businesses have started applications for health insurance for employees.

· 15,239 calls managed by "kynect" contact center at 1-855-4kynect (1-855-459-6328).

Kentuckians in all 120 counties can visit to comparison shop for health insurance products. Kynect is expected to help uninsured residents get coverage through private insurance plans or Medicaid, as well as the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).

During the six-month open enrollment period, Kentuckians will be able to compare and select health insurance plans and discover if they qualify for programs like Medicaid by using the "kynect" website, calling the toll-free contact center, filling out a mail-in application or by visiting a kynector or insurance agent in their community.

Four out of five Kentuckians who use "kynect" are expected to qualify for financial assistance to help cover a portion of their healthcare costs.

Kentuckians who sign up before Dec. 15 will start coverage on January 1. Open enrollment is available through March 31, 2014. Individuals and small business owners can also call the "kynect" contact center for assistance at 1-855-4kynect (1-855-459-6328).

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