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Posted: Tuesday, 31 December 2013 7:25AM

Health coverage enrollment passes 116,000 in Ky.



FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 116,000 Kentuckians have enrolled for medical coverage through the state-operated insurance marketplace.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office said Monday that since Thanksgiving week, enrollments through Kentucky's health insurance website are up nearly 93 percent. Thousands of Kentuckians made final decisions about their health care plans by Dec. 23, the deadline to ensure coverage starting New Year's Day.

People who enrolled in private insurance plans are being urged to pay their first premiums by their insurer's deadline to ensure coverage begins promptly. Payments must be received by Jan. 10.

As of late Monday morning, the state says 84,480 people had enrolled in Medicaid and 31,672 in private health insurance plans.

Enrollment continues through March 31. Those applying over the next couple of weeks can have coverage starting as soon as Feb. 1.

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