PDT Staff Report
FRANKFORT, KY. — Thanks to kynect, nearly 48,000 Kentuckians are enrolled in new health insurance, and 41 percent of them are under the age of 35 – a rate that has held steady for several weeks. Kentucky’s health exchange, kynect, continues to enroll about 1,000 Kentuckians each day into new health coverage.
kynect has been hailed as a national model since its launch Oct. 1 for its continuous smooth operation and easy interface for users looking for affordable health coverage.
The below statistics reflect activity on kynect as of 8:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 14:
· 452,464 unique visitors to the website, viewing more than 12 million web pages
· 380,000 people conducted preliminary screenings to determine qualifications for
subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid
· 47,966 enrolled in new health coverage, including Medicaid and private insurance
· 39,186 have enrolled in Medicaid and 8,780 have enrolled in a qualified health plan.
· 3,134 have enrolled in dental plans.
· 18,848 have been found eligible for a subsidy to purchase a qualified health plan, but most have not yet chosen a plan.
· 913 small businesses have started applications for employee coverage. 343 of those businesses have completed applications and are eligible to offer coverage to employees.
Additional data from Thursday, Nov. 14 show:
· Highest enrollment numbers remain in Jefferson (7,455) and Fayette (2,574) counties.
· 41 percent of total enrollees are under 35 years of age. About 32 percent are between 18 and 35.
· The silver level plans remain the most popular at nearly 40 percent of enrollment, followed by platinum level at almost 31 percent, gold at 16 percent, and bronze at 11 percent. Catastrophic plans, available to residents under the age of 30, were 2 percent of enrollments.
· Slightly more women (59 percent) have signed up than men (41 percent).
· Nearly 1 out of every 4 enrollments so far is for a qualified health plan, including dental plans. However, more than 18,000 pending enrollments have qualified for subsidies, which means enrollees are likely seeking additional information about the best qualified health plan for themselves and their families. We expect many of these enrollments will be completed before the Dec. 15 deadline for enrollment for coverage by Jan. 1.