Gov. Steve Beshear’s office Friday announced an extension to enroll in Kentucky’s health benefit exchange, kynect, for those who had difficulty signing up on the final day.
The special enrollment period lasts through April 11, according to a press release from Beshear’s office. More than 370,000 had signed up for health coverage as of Monday, the original sign-up deadline — 293,802 for Medicaid and 77,027 for private insurance.
In Franklin County, 2,772 enrolled in Medicaid while 650 purchased insurance plans, according to data from Beshear’s office.
Those seeking coverage in the extended period must attest that they encountered problems while applying for plans Monday. Applications must be complete by midnight April 11 and plans selected by midnight April 15, per the release.
The next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15.
“This will be the last chance for most people to sign up for private health plans and possibly receive discounts until the fall open enrollment period,” said Carrie Banahan, executive director of kynect.
“We strongly encourage those who still need to select a plan to do so as soon as possible. Those who have started applications should work to complete them quickly too, to reduce possible wait times toward the end of the grace period.”
Kynect can be accessed on the Web at kynect.ky.gov or through its call center, 1-855-4kynect 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.