As you may have heard, Governor Matt Bevin has followed through on a campaign promise and has notified federal authorities that he plans to dismantle kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act.
According to an article in the Courier-Journal, Bevin wrote in a Dec. 30 letter to Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that he plans to wind down the state health exchange and transition Kentuckians to the federal site, healthcare.gov, to shop for insurance under the law.
Meanwhile, kynect remains open and the changes will not affect anyone shopping for insurance for the current enrollment period, which ends Jan. 31. Nor will the changes affect anyone who signed up for Medicaid, the government health plan for low-income citizens, through the kynect site.
The earliest changes to kynect would come in November 2016, if the governor can work out a plan with the federal government to wind down kynect, which includes the online site people use to obtain health coverage. If he succeeds, Kentuckians would use the federal healthcare.gov site starting in November 2016. People would continue to enroll in Medicaid through the state.