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350,000 enroll through kynect

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT - More than 350,000 Kentuckians are enrolled in new health care coverage through kynect as the end of open enrollment approaches.

The pace of Kentuckians signing up for coverage before Monday's deadline is increasing. In the past week, more than 4,000 Kentuckians a day have signed up for health insurance through kynect. Nearly one-fourth of all enrollees have signed up in the past month, according to a state news release.

About 1 out of every 12 Kentuckians, or 8 percent of the state's population, now has health insurance through kynect.

"In these final days of open enrollment, we strongly encourage folks to complete their applications and choose a plan," Carrie Banahan, executive director of kynect, said in the release. "After March 31, the subsidies to help cover the cost of a private health plan won't be available again until the fall enrollment period - and by that point, being without insurance may cost you on your taxes, not to mention keep you at risk for big bills from sickness or injury."

The kynect call center will be open over the weekend to help Kentuckians navigate the exchange and explain the health insurance options. People can call 1-855-459-6328 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central time today and Sunday. People can sign up 24 hours a day at kynect.ky.gov.

If anyone has started or filed an application by Monday and has not been able to complete it through no fault of his own, kynect will work to ensure enrollment. People who have applied by Monday but not chosen a plan will have until April 15 to do so, with coverage beginning May 1.

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