Friday, 11 22, 2013
More than 22,000 approved for subsidies; most are still shopping for a plan
FRANKFORT, KY. – Thanks to kynect, more than 56,000 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.
As part of continuing outreach and education, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is mailing notices this week to 300,000 Kentuckians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and child support to advise them to check kynect for opportunities for health insurance for their families. Over the coming weeks, more outreach will be targeted for population groups who may benefit from kynect.
The below statistics reflect activity on kynect as of as of 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21:
- 492,838 unique visitors viewing 13.6 million web pages
- 404,865 people conducted preliminary screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid
- 56,422 enrolled in new health coverage, including Medicaid and private insurance
- 45,622 have enrolled in Medicaid and 10,800 have enrolled in a qualified health plan
- 27 percent of the enrollees in qualified health plans are 35 years old or younger
- 22,401 have been found eligible for a subsidy to purchase a qualified health plan, but most have not yet chosen a plan
- 3,716 have enrolled in dental plans
- 1,000 small businesses have started applications for employee coverage; 392 of those businesses have completed applications and are eligible to offer coverage to employees
- 146,323 calls answered by the kynect call center
Additional data from Thursday, Nov. 21 show:
- Highest enrollment numbers are in Jefferson (8,812) and Fayette (2,987) counties.
- 41 percent of total enrollees are under 35 years of age. About 31 percent are between 18 and 35.
- The silver level plans remain the most popular at 40 percent of enrollment, followed by platinum level at almost 31 percent, gold at nearly 17 percent, and bronze at almost 11 percent. Catastrophic plans, available to residents under the age of 30, were less than 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, 14,934 pending enrollments have qualified for a subsidy, 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.
For further updates on kynect numbers, visit governor.ky.gov/healthierky. Statistics will be updated there regularly.