What Happens If Kentucky Dismantles Its Health Insurance Exchange?

Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has vowed to do away with Kynect, the successful state-run insurance exchange.i

Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has vowed to do away with Kynect, the successful state-run insurance exchange.

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Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has vowed to do away with Kynect, the successful state-run insurance exchange.

Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has vowed to do away with Kynect, the successful state-run insurance exchange.

Timothy D. Easley/AP

Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, who takes office Dec. 8, plans to dismantle the state’s successful health insurance exchange and shift consumers to the federal one. It’s a campaign promise that has sparked controversy in the state.

Supporters of Kentucky’s exchange, called Kynect, have asked Bevin to reconsider. They say the exchange created under Obamacare and an expansion of Medicaid have improved public health by dramatically increasing the number of Kentuckians with health coverage.

But health analysts say Bevin’s plan to move Kentucky to HealthCare.gov would have little immediate effect on consumers. “The federal exchange is a perfectly viable alternative,” says Jon Kingsdale, a health

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/01/458006890/what-happens-if-kentucky-dismantles-its-health-insurance-exchange?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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