As part of the nation is engaged in discussions on the technological fumble that was the Affordable Care Act’s rollout, residents of Kentucky have been acquiring insurance policies smoothly, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Kentuckians continue to come in contact with many of the technical issues being experienced by other Americans across the country, however, exchange officials in the state said the site is “working well” as a whole.
The Kentucky-run statewide health insurance marketplace, known as Kynect, has enrolled more than 56,000 residents as of Nov. 22 according to Carrie Banahan, executive director for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. There are currently 22,000 people who have entered personal information into the site, although, despite being notified they were qualified to receive benefits, have yet to choose a plan.
Although residents have expressed mixed opinions on the success and ease of enrolling in health insurance, Kentucky has been a good example of the notion that public insurance can actually serve its purpose of helping people.
“I’m covered?” said Jeff Fletcher, a 52-year-old Kentucky resident who was being sued for outstanding medical bills, to Courtney Lively, a health clinic worker signing residents up for health care. “Woo-hoo! I can go to the doctor now? I’m serious. I need to go.”