Abramson: Kentucky Techies Sharing Ideas With National Healthcare Website Designers

Oct 24, 2013

As the federal government broadens its search for solutions to problems with the national health care site, Kentucky is among the states sharing ideas.

While Republicans and some Democrats are upping pressure on President Obama to extend the enrollment period or delay tax penalties under the new health law to accommodate those unable to sign up for coverage at Healthcare.gov, Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson says the federal government is reaching out to states for potential solutions, and Kentucky is one of them.

Though Obama and Gov. Steve Beshear didn’t likely talk tech when the president called this week to thank Beshear for his work on the Kentucky exchange site, Kynect designers have been working with experts at the federal level to help formulate fixes for the national exchange site.

"We have shared some of the things that we did that we feel made us a little special and more importantly gave us the opportunity to have an ongoing technology that has yet to create problems but for the first day. We had a six-hour concern the first day, but we were able to fix that," Lt. Gov. Abramson says.

More than 18,000 of Kentucky's 640,000 uninsured residents have signed up for coverage since the Kynect site went live. Close to 34,000 have completed applications.