Healthcare Advocates Trying To Get The Word Out On ACA Options

Sep 25, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Healthcare advocates across the state are trying to get the word out to some 640,000 of the state’s uninsured about the ACA.

Regan Hunt, executive director of Kentucky Voices for Health, says her agency has launched an initiative called Get Covered Kentucky, to inform about options and dispel myths about the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. 

“We have 10 organizations and the equivalent of maybe 20 individuals going out into the community to as well as working with the state’s marketplace folks…our navigators, we’re calling Kynectors.  So, really working with those Kynectors throughout the entire state; if they need someone to be there to direct people, you know if these are potentially Medicaid expansion folks or maybe small business owners with questions, so we’re really working together.”

Hunt says the goal is to schedule as many face to face gatherings as possible.

“Talking to diverse communities like the agriculture community, or grandparents raising grandchildren, or going to meetings at homeless shelters, sitting down at veterans meetings and talking with veterans and their families.  And, trying to engage those young adults who have never really wanted coverage before in the past so really sitting down and talking them about what would motivate you to purchase health coverage.”

Hunt participated in a teleconference sponsored by Families USA, a national non-profit Healthcare Advocacy group.

Kentuckians can begin signing up for coverage on October 1st.