Kynect: A state-based healthcare marketplace

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 2:28 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - The idea for kynect came about after passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

It was first available for Kentuckians in 2014 and was intended to be a one-stop shop for health insurance.

The program was dismantled in 2015 and replaced with a different state-based system called “benefind” for people looking for Medicaid and everyone else is directed to the federal marketplace.

With the renovated system that is available on October 15 you can compare and shop plans in one location.

Officials hope the system will be quick, easy and affordable.

”This cuts the time in half, on average, for application times which is a benefit to Kentuckians,” said Cara Stewart, the Director of Policy Advocacy for Kentucky Voice for Health. “More choice, more plans and, again, one location.”

Stewart also believes they will help people keep the doctors they already have.

“You can make sure that you’re choosing a health plan that’s got local providers,” said Stewart. “You can punch in ‘this is my OBGYN, this is my primary care,’ and shop only for plans that cover all of those people locally.”

The market officially launches for the open enrollment period beginning November 1. Stewart said any Kentuckian might be able to find better insurance options through kynect.

“There’s no one in Kentucky who shouldn’t check,” Stewart said.

You can visit the website here.

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