Obamacare open enrollment begins Saturday; sign-up event in Mayfield

Open enrollment for health insurance through a state or federal exchange begins Saturday.

Don’t forget that if you plan to use kynect, there’s an app for that. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear debuted the smartphone app earlier this week. It’s free on both Apple and Android phones.

Beshear also announced that Kentucky doubled the number of insurance agents authorized to sell kynect health plans.

West Kentucky Allied Services, Inc. will host a sign-up event Saturday at the WKAS Central Office in Mayfield. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in applying need to bring a picture ID, birth dates and Social Security numbers for everyone in their household, documentation of gross household income, award letters, pension statements or last year’s tax return if self employed, employer information and any information on insurance an individual currently has through an employer. Anyone with questions can contact WKAS at (270) 247-4046.

Meanwhile, the White House promises health coverage without all the drama as Healthcare.gov goes live Saturday. Last  year the site took months to get right, but eventually 7 million people signed up.

The website went through five weeks of testing compared to last year’s 10 days. President of Enroll America Anne Filipic says for some what was 76 screens is down to 16 – a much more user-friendly process.

The White House wants you to know that low income Americans who already have insurance need to re-enroll.

“If you want to get the proper subsidy amount that they are eligible for, for next year, they need to go back into their health care exchange and update their information,” says Brendan Buck with America’s Health Insurance Plans. “That is the only way to calculate what they should be getting for next year.”

As Republicans promise to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court agreed to take a case to decide whether the extra subsidy the government provides only applies to people who use state exchanges, not the 5 million enrolled on the federal website. Without the subsidy, the average premium of $80 a month could jump to $345 a month.

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