More than 16-thousand individuals and families in Kentucky have started applications on Kynect, the state’s online health benefit exchange, since it launched Tuesday.
Governor Steve Beshear’s office released statistics today detailing the site's traffic. In under four days, more than 137,000 visitors have clicked on the site. Some 93% of those visitors conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid.
The report also says 22,000 people have phoned into the call center for troubleshooting information on the website after some glitches were reported. The report says that 166 small business have started applications for health insurance for employees.
Kentucky has 640,000 uninsured residents and it's expected 92% of them will qualify for Medicaid or financial assistance to help cover healthcare costs.
Those who sign up before December 15th will start coverage January 1st.
Open enrollment is available through March 31st of next year.