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Deadline to Sign Up for Kynect Health Coverage Extended to Jan. 31

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022   

High volumes and tech glitches have led to an extended deadline for Kentuckians to secure health coverage on the state's marketplace, 'kynect.gov.'

Kentucky Voices for Health's Outreach Coordinator Priscilla Easterling explained residents have until January 31 to compare state-managed health-care options, apply for coverage and complete the enrollment process all on one platform.

"Four out of every five Kentuckians could get a plan for $10 or less," said Easterling. "And that's primarily because of these increased subsidies."

She added that anyone considering coverage can reach out to their local "kynector" through the online portal or by calling 1-855-459-6328 to get help finding a plan.

Kynectors are available at no cost in every county to answer questions and help people sign up for coverage. Residents in almost every county can find subsidized coverage through Anthem and CareSource.

Easterling said the natural disaster last month prompted the state to extend the deadline.

"There have also been disasters all throughout the state, with the tornadoes and flooding," said Easterling. "And there have been some sort of technical issues with Kynect, that the state has been really great about working through."

She also added that this year Kynect offers a vision plan for Kentuckians needing eye exams, glasses or other eye-related care.

"Right now with the American Rescue Plan Act, and the increased subsidies," said Easterling, "it's a really great time to shop. Things are way more affordable than they have been in previous years."

According to federal data, more than 13 million people have signed up for 2022 health-care coverage so far, outpacing previous years.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare says more than 400,000 people will receive tax credits for 2022 coverage, that otherwise would have been inaccessible to them without the provisions in the American Rescue Plan.


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