BBC News reporters visit Clay County to learn about kynect

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

MANCHESTER, Ky (WYMT) - Eastern Kentucky is not always in the spotlight for positive reasons but in the coming weeks, that just might change.

On Wednesday, two reporters from the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC visited Manchester to find out how the kynect healthcare exchange is working in our area.

From afar, there is nothing unusual about the cafeteria at Paces Creek Elementary School. Kids sit with friends, enjoying their summer school lunch.

But when one takes a closer look, they will notice a news crew. Claire Bolderson and Mike Gallagher work for BBC News in England.

"We needed to find a place where there had been quite an impact and Kentucky has had quite an impact. It has been quite successful in signing people up," said Bolderson.

Jennifer Gates is a kynector, who works for Grace Community Health Center. She hopes their story will help more folks get covered.

"I was shocked and I was surprised all at the same time. But I was sort of glad. There are outsiders that are looking to see that it is working, how it is working, how people are benefiting from it and then others can follow in our footsteps," said Gates.

An interest in the changing American health care system brought them to Clay County.

"Really it is just saying this is how it works in the US. These are the bad things about it. These are perhaps the good things about it. These are the people who suffer. These are the people who benefit," said Bolderson.

The reporters look to shed light on an area and an issue that is gaining international attention.

"We know we cannot cover everything and it is just one state and really just one half of the state, but we are trying to get as big a picture as possible," said Bolderson.

This story will air on a BBC radio station hopefully at the end of this month. The reporters plan to meet with more folks in Floyd County about kynect.

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