Louisville, Ky. – The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has informed federal authorities that he will end kynect, following through on a campaign promise to breakdown Kentucky’s health insurance exchange.
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The article says that Bevin wants to end the state-run exchange, created through the Affordable Care Act, and direct Kentucky citizens to the federal site healthcare.gov for insurance.
Advocates of the health exchange say stopping kynect would take away health coverage for thousands of Kentuckians using the platfrom.
“The repeal of Kynect by Gov. Bevin is a big step backward on access to healthcare in Kentucky,” Jason Bailey, executive director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, said. “It will create an even bigger hole in Kentucky’s budget, using at least $23 million to dismantle the national model for state exchanges that could be better spent on education, public safety or other essentials to thriving communities. We should be building on things like Kynect that are working so we can create a stronger Kentucky, not taking them apart.”