Day One in Kentucky: Healthcare By the Numbers

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- October 1 was the dawn of a new era for Kentuckians.

"It's so transformational. It changes the lay of the land in Kentucky now. Every Kentuckian has access to quality, affordable, healthcare," said Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, D-Kentucky.

The Kentucky Health Care Exchange went live, but not without a problem.

"We did have some technical glitches, but we had plenty of IT staff standing by, and they spent the day fixing those. So people should be able to get on the site now and complete applications if they weren't able to earlier," said Gwenda Bond, Asst. Communications Director for Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The site wasn't functioning correctly from about 8:30 in the morning EDT until about 3:00 EDT.

Here's a look at health care by the numbers for day one in Kentucky.

The site saw more than fifty-five thousand unique visitors log on.

The contact center got 3,000 calls.

52,000 people went through a pre-screening process.

Close to 2,000 applications were started and about 1,200 were completed.

"Mostly what we were hearing from people was not a lot of frustration if they weren't able to apply, but just excitement at being able to finally have affordable high quality health insurance," said Bond.

Gov. Steve Beshear has called his medicaid expansion the biggest health care decision of our lifetime.

Others question the financial stability of it asking what happens when the federal government stops fully helping.

"The federal government has to do that for every state that has expanded Medicaid and that money has to come from somewhere. We're already approaching 17 trillion dollars in debt. We don't have any additional money, so in my mind they're going to have to borrow more money," said Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green.

For now that issue will not be a problem because the federal government will fully fund Medicaid for the next three years.

Also, open enrollment will continue for another six months.


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