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Kentuckians eager to find Affordable Health Care immediately
Nearly 60,000 visit kynect within first 15 hours; Huge response temporarily closed kynect website; site is now back up and running
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By Kerri Richardson & Terry Sebastian
FRANKFORT, KY - Midway through its first full day of operation, Kentucky's health benefit exchange, kynect, has been swarmed by nearly 60,000 visitors seeking information about affordable health care.
"The response has been swift and enormous," said Governor Steve Beshear. "The fact that nearly 60,000 unique visitors have clicked on kynect.ky.gov in its first day tells us that not only are Kentuckians ready for real, affordable health care, they don't want to wait another minute to find it."
Kynect was online and active at 12amET on October 1, 2013. Between midnight and 8:30amET, 24,000 users visited kynect, and filed 1,015 applications for health care coverage.
The immediate crush of hits led to the discovery of a system glitch that prevented users from filing applications for several hours. The rest of the site remained operational while the problem was repaired. Full function was restored at 3pmET.
Below statistics reflect activity on kynect as of 2:30pmeCT:
Kentuckians in all 120 counties can visit kynect.ky.gov to comparison shop for health insurance products. Kynect is expected to help uninsured residents get coverage through private insurance plans or Medicaid, as well as the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).
Four out of five Kentuckians who use kynect are expected to qualify for financial assistance to help cover a portion of their healthcare costs.
Kentuckians who sign up before December 15 will start coverage on January 1. Open enrollment is available through March 31, 2014.
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