More than 81,000 Kentuckians purchase health insurance plans

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – More than 81,000 Kentuckians have purchased health insurance through HealthCare.gov.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced the numbers Tuesday. This is the first year Kentuckians have been able to purchase health insurance plans through the federal marketplace. From 2013 to 2016, Kentucky operated its own exchange called “kynect.” Republican Gov. Matt Bevin dismantled that exchange when he took office and moved Kentucky onto the federal marketplace.

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State officials said 81,155 people enrolled in a qualified health plan this year using HealthCare.gov. Last year, 82,681 people enrolled using kynect.

Health and Human Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson said the numbers show the transition was a success.

Democrats have criticized the change, arguing that eliminating kynect would make it more difficult for people to get the care they need.
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This story has been updated to correct the number of people who enrolled in qualified health plans last year using kynect. It was 82,681, not 82,861.