Kentucky: For 2017, use HealthCare.gov to apply & enroll

If you live in Kentucky, the way you apply for and enroll in health coverage is changing starting November 1, 2016.

  • In past years, people getting health care in Kentucky have used the kynect website to apply for and enroll in health insurance.
  • For 2017 health care coverage, you’ll use HealthCare.gov instead. (HealthCare.gov is sometimes called the Health Insurance Marketplace.)

If you have a 2016 health insurance plan through kynect

  • You’ll get a notice from kynect, by mail or email, with details about changing to HealthCare.gov.
  • For 2017, you’ll be starting over with a new application.
  • Starting November 1, 2016, you can create a HealthCare.gov account and fill out a new application. Your insurance can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • Your 2016 plan may or may not be available to you for 2017.
  • Your 2016 plan ends December 31, 2016, no matter when you enrolled or last updated your information.

If you don’t have a 2016 plan through kynect

  • You’ll simply use HealthCare.gov to apply for coverage and enroll.
  • You can create a HealthCare.gov account and fill out an application starting November 1, 2016.
  • Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.

If you still need 2016 insurance

  • You’ll apply for coverage for the rest of 2016 through the kynect website. You can still enroll for 2016 only if you’ve had certain life changes, like losing other coverage, getting married, or having a baby.
  • Your 2016 plan ends December 31, 2016, no matter when you enroll.

Kentucky Medicaid and KCHIP (Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program) health coverage

You can use benefind.ky.gov any time of year to:

  • See if you’re eligible for Medicaid or KCHIP
  • Apply for Medicaid or KCHIP, complete recertification, check the status of your benefits, and report a change, like income or household size
  • Find in-person help in your community