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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kentucky Health Exchange Shines As Federal Site Stumbles

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Screenshot from Kentucky’s health exchange website, kyenroll.ky.gov

Kentucky’s state-run exchange Kynect has succeeded in enrolling more than 15,000 people in health insurance since it began running Oct. 1. Kentucky is one of 17 states that runs its own marketplace for uninsured people to shop for coverage.

Kentucky’s exchange ran into a few technical problems on its opening day, but state tech workers quickly added new servers and solved the problems.

The state had outsourced the design of its exchange to the same contractor, CGI Group of Canada, that is facing blame for the technical problems with the rollout of the federal exchanges.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss his state’s exchange.

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