Kentucky registers 55,000 for health insurance

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Nearly 55,000 people have signed up for private health insurance through Kentucky's state health insurance marketplace, according to the latest figures from the federal government.

Through March 1, 54,945 people have selected a health plan through Kynect, the state-run health insurance marketplace for people who do not have health insurance through their employer.

The federal government originally estimated Kentucky would have signed up 122,000 by now. But various technical problems have caused many states to lower those projections.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's office says nearly 280,000 people have signed up for health insurance, including 222,719 people through Medicaid, the joint federal and state health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

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