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Posted: Tuesday, 08 October 2013 7:38AM

Online insurance info drawing thousands of clicks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Nearly 175,000 people have gone online to visit the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange to review information about health insurance coverage.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office said in a news release Monday that nearly 7,000 of those people have purchased health insurance policies that will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Kentucky launched the health benefit exchange, an online marketplace for people shopping for insurance coverage, last Tuesday.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 155,000 people had completed pre-screenings to determine if they qualify for federal subsidies and discounts for insurance policies or to determine if they qualify for Medicaid.

Nearly 15,000 people have completed applications for health coverage so far.

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