Ky. sees insurance rush ahead of Monday deadline
More than 100,000 Kentuckians can mark another item off their shopping lists: medical coverage.
Kentucky's state-operated online insurance marketplace has had a rush of people signing up for policies over the past month so that they would receive coverage beginning Jan. 1.
Gwenda Bond, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, said officials had geared up for the anticipated surge.
"We increased server capacity before Thanksgiving to boost it by 80 percent," Bond said. "We're up about 62 percent since Thanksgiving, going from 1,000 new enrollees a day to 3,000 per day in the past week."
More than 500,000 people have conducted pre-screenings to determine their eligibility for discounts, government subsidies or Medicaid coverage through Kentucky's online insurance marketplace.
As of Monday afternoon, 74,054 people had enrolled in Medicaid and 26,042 in private health insurance plans.
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