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Kentucky to dismantle state Obamacare exchange

Posted: January 13, 2016

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has notified the federal government that his state will dismantle its state health insurance exchange, Kynect.

The move by the newly elected Republican means that Kentucky residents seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act must use the federal health insurance site, HealthCare.gov.

Bevin notified federal officials in a letter dated Dec. 30 that the state exchange will cease operations “as soon as is practicable.”

Dismantling the exchange will take at least a year, according to federal law. It will not affect health plans sold for 2016.

More than 500,000 people have gotten health insurance through Kynect.

The end of Kynect is paired with the governor’s intention to change the state’s approach to Medicaid, which provides health insurance to low-income residents. Bevin promised to take both actions during and soon after last year’s gubernatorial campaign.

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