Kynect's open enrollment ends March 31

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  More than 300,000 Kentuckians are now enrolled in new healthcare coverage through kynect, and that number is expected to grow as we enter the final two weeks of open enrollment. Nearly half of all kynect enrollees are under the age of 35.

Open enrollment ends on March 31. Individuals who remain uninsured as of April 1 could face a financial penalty of $95 or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater. That penalty applies to every uninsured member of a household and increases significantly from year to year.

Tens of thousands of Kentuckians have taken the initial application steps and know they are eligible for a subsidy to help lower the cost of purchasing health insurance, said Carrie Banahan, executive director of kynect.

“Over the next two weeks, we strongly encourage those folks to complete their applications and choose a plan, because if they wait until after March 31, those subsidies won’t be available again until the fall enrollment period and by that point, being without insurance may cost you on your taxes.”

More than one out of every 14 Kentuckians now has health insurance through kynect. Since the end of February, more than 35,000 people have signed up. That’s more than 2,500 enrollments each day for the past two weeks.

Kentuckians can call the kynect call center at 1-855-4kynect or search at kynect.ky.gov to find a kynector or insurance agent who can assist them with enrollment.