280,000 Kentuckians will lose current coverage under ObamaCare

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HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - If you keep up on national news, we do not have to tell you that ObamaCare continues to make headlines.

In Kentucky, the state's health insurance marketplace, also known as Kynect, is drawing both praise and criticism.

The Kentucky Department of Insurance reports that 280,000 Kentuckians will lose their current health coverage under ObamaCare.

This number comes as a shock to many after promises from President Obama that no one would have to change their health care plan if they did not want to.

However, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Insurance Ronda Sloan said the change in policy will not drastically impact the care people receive.

"These plans are being discontinued and people are being transitioned to new coverage. Technically they are not losing coverage," said Sloan.

Instead, she added folks will get new plans under their insurer, which must meet mandates from the government.

"What companies are doing now is saying, 'The policy that you currently have does not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so we are moving you to this policy that does meet the requirements'," said Sloan.

Some of those requirements include mental health and maternity care. They also secure that people cannot be denied coverage if they have a pre-existing condition.

Administrator Stephanie Wooton works at the Hazard Clinic in Perry County. She said her staff hopes this new, increased coverage gets more people coming through their doors.

"This is meant to balance it out. There are people that have really good coverage now and there are people that do not have any coverage at all," said Wooton.

She added that now Americans will have to take their health more seriously.

"A lot of people kind of play Russian roulette with their health care and you do not know what is going to happen. You do not have to buy through the exchange. You can buy through a private policy but just be aware and just look and shop before you do," said Wooton.

Coverage under Kynect starts January first.

If you are still confused about your options under Kynect, here are some resources that can help you navigate the process:

To learn more or to find an insurance agent or Kynector, go to kynect.ky.gov or 1-855-459-6328.


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