Gov. Steve Beshear stepped into the well-worn role of health reform defender earlier this week as he touted the launch of the next open enrollment for kynect, Kentucky’s celebrated health insurance exchange. But the program’s future – along with the state’s Medicaid expansion – face a fork in the road next Tuesday.

Federal auditors say Kentucky officials had trouble making sure everyone purchasing discounted health insurance plans on kynect met all of the federal requirements.

Josh James / WUKY

The announcement that the Kentucky Health Cooperative will fold this month has thrust the Affordable Care Act, and Kentucky’s health insurance exchange known as kynect, back into the limelight just as the governor’s race kicks into high gear.

Health Insurer Exiting Kentucky Exchange

Oct 9, 2015

A Kentucky nonprofit that has been one of the largest insurance providers on the state's health exchange has given notice that it won't offer plans for the 2016 enrollment period.

Kentucky Leads Nation In Drop Of Uninsured

Sep 16, 2015

The number of people in Kentucky without health insurance fell 5.8 percent last year, the largest drop of any state in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Kentucky Republicans are questioning the need for Kentucky health insurance exchange, known as Kynect, in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling keeping federal subsidies in place for plans purchased through both state or federal exchanges.

Kentucky Awards Medicaid Contracts To Five Companies

Jul 2, 2015

Kentucky has awarded contracts to five companies to provide health insurance to people on Medicaid.

Josh James / WUKY

For Kentuckians unaware of penalties for failing to sign up for health insurance, opening their taxes this year could be a rude awakening. That’s why Gov. Steve Beshear has announced he’s adding an additional sign-up window between March 2 and April 30 for last-minute customers.

The deadline to obtain new health coverage through the state’s exchange, known as Kynect, is fast approaching. Those interested in signing up for coverage that would start next month have until December 15 to select a new plan, though open enrollment continues until February. 

While Governor Steve Beshear is focused on the 2014 open enrollment for Kynect, Republicans have their eye on 2017.