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kynect Enrollment Jumps 40% "Where Obamacare Dare Not Speak Its Name"

Since Thanksgiving week, enrollments in affordable health care through Kentucky’s state health insurance exchange have jumped 40 percent – adding another 24,140 Kentuckians to the list of the newly insured, according to a news release.

As Kentucky’s health website administrators predicted, thousands of Kentuckians are making final decisions on their family’s health care plans in time to ensure their coverage is effective on the first possible date of January 1. 

Kentucky’s health benefit exchange, kynect, also saw big increases in enrollments of private health plans, with 5,400 more enrollments just in the past week, an increase of 35 percent over last week’s total. 

kynect’s technology team had anticipated a post-holiday increase in web traffic, applications and enrollments and increased capacity in order to meet the demand.

kynect has been hailed as a national model since its launch Oct. 1 for its continuous smooth operation and easy interface for users looking for affordable health coverage. The site continues to enroll about 1,000 Kentuckians each day into new health coverage.  

Families and individuals seeking affordable health insurance coverage should enroll by Dec. 23 and make their first insurance premium payment (if applicable) by Jan. 1 in order to ensure their coverage will begin on Jan. 1

Meanwhile, more national coverage shines on Kentucky's implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The latest outlet to visit the Commonwealth is The Economist:

THE president is unpopular in Kentucky. In its mountainous east, his name is radioactive: in Clay County, for example, he won only 15% of the vote to Mitt Romney’s 84% in 2012. Even Democrats have doubts: in the state’s primary that year 42% of them chose “uncommitted” rather than vote for Barack Obama.

Yet some of his policies are popular—so long as they are not labelled as having anything to do with him. Take the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”. The people whose job it is to persuade rural Kentuckians to sign up for it play down any connection with Washington, DC, or even with Frankfort, the state capital.

Full story: The Economist