After campaigning on the promise to do away with Kentucky’s state-based health exchange through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Kynect, Gov. Matt Bevin has informed federal authorities that the state will be moving forward with dismantling the state exchange.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that in a Dec. 30 letter to Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bevin said he plans to wind down the state health exchange and transition Kentuckians to the federal site, healthcare.gov, to shop for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
It takes a year after notifying the federal government for a state exchange to be fully dismantled. Bevin’s letter stated he would like the transition to the federal site to occur “as soon as is practicable.”
The exchange, put in place through executive order by former Gov. Steve Beshear, will continue to function and the changes will not affect anyone shopping for insurance for the current enrollment period, which ends Jan. 31.
The Kentucky Chamber has been a long supporter of a Kentucky based health exchange and will work with the administration for a smooth transition that will best benefit the business community.
Bevin also recently announced his plans for the state’s decision to expand the Medicaid eligibility moving forward. Read the details of the Medicaid announcement here.