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3:34 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Census Data: 17 Percent Of Kentuckians Uninsured In 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. - New U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday shows that just over 621,000 – or roughly 17 percent – of Kentuckians under 65 had no health insurance in 2011. The percentage was slightly higher in Fayette County.

A month before Kentucky’s new health exchange system goes into effect, census data are providing a snapshot of the number of uninsured in the state. In 2011, over 210,000 Fayette County residents under 65 were insured. Just above 46,000 lacked health insurance – either through employers or the individual market.

Carrie Banahan, executive director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, says starting October 1, those uninsured Kentuckians will be able to visit kyneck.ky.gov to survey available plans.

"Our plans will be on the Kynect website and those will be accessible for these customer service representatives to basically say what their options are regarding private insurance carriers," Banahan says.

Beginning next January, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty under the rules of the Affordable Care Act.

Open enrollment through the exchange will run through March 31, 2014.