First Day on Federal Health Care Exchange in Kentucky

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The start of a new month means the start of a new way for Kentuckians to sign up for the health insurance.

The commonwealth moving to the federal health care exchange today, replacing Kynect, the state’s old exchange.

The change follows intense debate between supporters of Kynect and opponents, including Governor Matt Bevin. People looking for insuranc, and assisters, still adjusting.

“It was confusing to the point that I’m glad that I’m out here with some knowledgeable folks,” says Jeff gatten, who is one of many kentuckians looking for a new health care plan as the state gets rid of its old exchange.

“I’m going to be in the marketplace for insurance, and the best thing to do is to be on the proactive side,” says Gatten. He adds Kynect would be just as helpful in getting insurance, but he says today was a good first step.

“Everybody is going to have a different type of need, and to be able to come in, and have someone guide you through, it’s great,” Gatten says.

Governor Matt Bevin dismantled the state exchange last year, claiming it cost the state too much. Application Assistor Jennifer Rebello of Methodist Hospital says many previous Kynect signees are sorting through the new process, learning what they need.

“Most people are just, like, ‘What are my options? How much am I going to pay?’ We always have to tell them, ‘We don’t know until we go in and put your information in,” she says.

Rebello says kynect users need to start a new application to get their new plans.

“It’s kind of the same thing with healthcare.gov, just have to figure out what you can do to tweak it, what you can do to not have these technical issues.”

Methodist hospital is hosting another sign up during a community benefits expo scheduled for this Thursday.

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