Local/Regional News
9:02 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Beshear Gets Obama's Kudos For Smooth Rollout

Gov. Steve Beshear has gotten a personal thank you from President Barack Obama for a smooth rollout of the health care overhaul in Kentucky.

Beshear told reporters Wednesday that Obama called him on Tuesday.

Kentucky has not had the technical glitches that have plagued the federal health benefit exchange. More than 18,000 of Kentucky's 640,000 uninsured residents have signed up for coverage since Oct. 1. And nearly 34,000 have completed applications.

The federal exchange has been unable to accommodate large numbers of users. Frozen screens and delays are the norm on the website that's supposed to allow people to easily shop for insurance policies.

Meanwhile, more than 280,000 people have visited the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange website. Of those, 247,316 conducted pre-screenings to determine eligibility.