FRANKFORT, Ky. — Strolling in the sunshine on this state’s picturesque Old Capitol grounds, Diana Sims came to a booth where women handed out brightly colored tote bags and answered questions about Kynect — Kentucky’s new custom-built health insurance website created by the Affordable Care Act.
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What it is: Georgia’s health insurance exchange is a website, run by the federal government, where consumers will be able to compare the prices and benefits of dozens of health plans offered by private insurance companies. People will also be able to learn through the exchange whether they qualify for federal assistance to help make coverage more affordable or whether they’re eligible for a government health program.
Who it’s for: The exchange is designed for people who don’t get insurance coverage through their jobs, such as the self-employed, students and unemployed. Workers whose employers don’t offer what the federal government deems “affordable” coverage will also be able to shop on the exchange.
When it opens: The exchange will open Oct. 1 with health plans purchased there taking effect on Jan. 1. Open enrollment lasts for six months.
How to learn more: Find more information on the exchange on HealthCare.gov or by calling a customer service representative for help at 800-318-2596.