Beshear Says Shutdown Having Zero Effect On Health Benefits Exchange

Oct 2, 2013

Governor Beshear tests the Kynect website
Governor Beshear tests the Kynect website

LEXINGTON, Ky--Steve Beshear calls implementation of the state’s new health benefit exchange a historic moment and his proudest day as Ky's Governor.

The Governor made a stop at the University of Kentucky to send the message…affordable healthcare is a reality.  Plans offer care for mental health, prevention, pediatric, oral and vision and have other significant benefits…no one can be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, women can’t be charged more than men for health insurance, there are no lifetime limits on coverage, children can stay on their parents health plan until they turn 26.

When asked what he would say to those who are against the Affordable Care Act and blame it for the Federal Government shutdown…Beshear responded…

“You can see that number one, the government’s shut down and number two the Affordable Care Act is up and running so the shutdown is having no effect on the Affordable Care Act and on our ability to begin this enrollment process so if some of these folks in Washington that are acting like a bunch of nine year olds in the cafeteria in a food fight will grow up and act like adults and get this country moving again…The Affordable Care Act’s the law of the land and we’re implementing it.  They need to get on with business.”

On the first day of use the Kynect website had more than 90-thousand visitors, one million page views and 75-hundred applications underway.  Despite a few glitches caused by high-volume, Beshear says the system is running smoothly.  To enroll, log on to kynect.ky.gov or call 1-855-4kynect.  Eligible Kentuckians can enroll through March 31st of 2014.