FRANKFORT | The new year is ringing in new insurance coverage for more than 116,000 Kentuckians.
According to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, 116,152 Kentuckians made final decisions on their family’s health care plans by Dec. 23, the deadline to ensure coverage would be effective New Year’s Day.
According to Beshear, prior to the opening of enrollment on Oct. 1, officials estimated Kentucky had more than 640,000 uninsured citizens. And approximately 308,000 of those were expected to qualify for Medicaid. The remaining 332,000 would be choosing among state-approved insurance plans, with monthly premiums and other costs like co-pays.
As of Dec. 30, of 116,152 enrolled in insurance, 84,480 enrolled in Medicaid, and 31,672 enrolled in a qualified health plan.
Locally, enrollment figures varied by county and age range.
In Mason County, a total of 521 people became newly ensured, with 430 of those joining the Medicaid program and 91 entering qualified health insurance coverage.
Bracken County saw 349 become newly insured, with 290 joining Medicaid and 59 with other coverage.
Lewis County residents were the highest enrollees in the region with 554 signing up, including 490 into Medicaid and 64 in other coverage.
Fleming County had 496 enroll in new coverage, with 413 in Medicaid and 83 in other qualified coverage.
And Robertson County had 66 sign up for new coverage, with 53 going into Medicaid and 13 into other insurance coverage.
In the five counties, 127 newly insured were under 18 years-old; 281 were 18-25 years-old; 311 were 26-34 years-old; 346 were 35-44 years-old; 495 were 45-54 years-old; 404 were 55-64 years-old; and two were over 65 years-old.
While more than 116,000 Kentuckians enrolled, kynect reported more than 745,000 unique visitors viewed 24.3 million web pages and 544,185 people conducted preliminary screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid.
Statistically, kynect reports 40 percent of enrollees in Medicaid or qualified health plans are under 35 years old; 39,814 were eligible for a subsidy to purchase a qualified health plan, but some have not yet chosen a plan;10,106 enrolled in dental plans; 1,269 small businesses started applications for employee coverage with 513 of those businesses completing applications and are eligible to offer coverage to employees.
Those who signed up for coverage with a premium are reminded to get premiums paid by Jan. 7 so their Jan. 1 coverage goes into effect.
Open enrollment continues through March 31 for any Kentuckian seeking health insurance and coverage would go into effect shortly after completing the enrollment and choosing an insurance carrier.