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Kentucky Taking Steps to Make Health Insurance Exchange Happen

Kentucky’s soon-to-be-established health insurance exchange will be web-based and offer a mix of public and private insurance options. The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up marketplaces in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans.

For those who can't afford private plans, Kentucky Voices for Health Executive Director Jodi Mitchell says public plans, including Medicaid and KCHIP, will also be available.

“But it’s definitely supposed to be a choice of private health insurance plans and then the public plans will also be included because certain people will qualify for the public plans.”

Currently, the state has a request out for a vendor to manage the exchange. A new executive branch office is also being created to facilitate the exchange. It will be in place by 2014.