Kentucky Governor Declares State Exchange ‘Indisputable Success’
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) called Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act an “indisputable success,” announcing on Tuesday that his state had enrolled over 413,000 people through its state insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion, about 75% of them previously uninsured.
According to state officials, 83,000 people enrolled through the exchange while another 330,000 qualified through the state’s Medicaid expansion. Officials reported 52% of enrollees were below the age of 35, a sign observers look to as indication of the viability of insurance risk pools. The newly insured account for about 10% of the state’s population.
“From the beginning, I knew that kynect would change the course of Kentucky’s history by helping hundreds of thousands of Kentucky families, and I’ve never wavered in my support,” Beshear said.
Kynect emerged last October as one of the most successful state exchanges, and was closely watched as Kentucky was one of the few “red states” to actively participate in the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment process.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized that participation, arguing in a statement Tuesday that many Kentuckians had lost their insurance as the result of Obamacare, a claim that has already netted him four Pinocchios.
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