Enrollment is set to begin for Kentucky's uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage as part of the federal health care law. The first phase of implementation opens today with the start of enrollment.
People can sign up for policies offered through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. Enrollment runs through the end of the year, and policies go into effect Jan. 1.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has led the push to implement the federal health care reforms for the Bluegrass State. Beshear says some 640,000 Kentuckians are uninsured. Nearly half of those will be added to the state's Medicaid program.
The remainder will be able to get insurance through the exchange. Kentucky ranks at or near the top nationally for a series of health problems.