Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act

  A vast majority of Kentuckians who have signed up for healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act are going to be insured for the first time in their lives.

More than 370,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage under the state’s insurance exchange, KyNect. The Governor’s Office reports that the number of enrollees “surged” in the days before the March 31st open enrollment deadline, with about 12,000 signing up for coverage on the deadline.

Here are the key numbers:

  • 8.6: The percentage of the state’s population who have signed up through KyNect.
  • 75: The percentage of enrollees who are reported to not have any health insurance before signing up
  • 35: Half of the enrollees are reportedly under 35-years-old. This is a key demographic needed for the federal healthcare overhaul to work and keep costs down
  • 294,000: The number of enrollees who are qualified for Medicaid, which was expanded under the ACA
  • 77,000: The number of enrollees who purchased private insurance

Speaking from the Rose Garden Tuesday, President Barack Obama said “the debate over repealing the law is over” and “this law is doing what it’s supposed to do.”

The new numbers put the program at well over halfway toward the goal of enrolling 640,000 Kentuckians who did not have insurance prior to the start of the open enrollment period that began on Oct. 1, 2013. Nationally, the goal was to enroll seven million people through the ACA. The White Says 7.1 million have enrolled. 

A special enrollment period for people who have tried signing up before the deadline will be held from April 4 through midnight April 11.

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