Ky. sees insurance rush ahead of Monday deadline

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has seen a surge in people signing up for Medicaid and medical insurance as a Monday deadline approached for those who want coverage to begin next week.

Gwenda Bond, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, said about 100,000 people have signed up, most of them on the state’s Medicaid program.

Bond said enrollment has gone from about 1,000 people a day to 3,000 people in the past week.

More than 500,000 people have conducted pre-screenings to determine their eligibility for discounts, government subsidies or Medicaid coverage through Kentucky’s online insurance marketplace.

Bond said totals will be updated Monday afternoon. At last count, 72,285 people have enrolled in Medicaid and 24,683 have enrolled in health insurance coverage.

All but about 8,000 of those will receive assistance with premiums.

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