MAYFIELD, Ky. -
HealthCare.gov opened for enrollment Saturday, along with state-run exchanges like kynect. According to the Obama Administration, if you aren't signed up for insurance in 2015, you'll face a fine. Kentucky is one of fourteen states that has a state-run-exchange.
kynect hosted an open enrollment workshop at West Kentucky Allied Services in Mayfield Saturday. kynect Program Director Jackie Eubanks said these workshops can make the sign up process easier because they have more access to the website.
"Some of the questions I wouldn't say they're necessarily confusing, but it might be misinterpreted by someone who is not as familiar with the system as we are," Eubanks said.
She said some plans are more expensive this year, but customers could also see some compensation.
"The subsidies and tax credits that are offered to people may also go up in order to offset the prices," Eubanks said.
Eubanks said they've been able to help people who have never had health insurance before in their life.
"In three, four, five years down the line, I think we are going to see a significant improvement. I think it's going to be directly related to the fact that more people have access to affordable health care," Eubanks said.
People who already have insurance through their work can try to switch to kynect if they'd like. Eubanks said if their individual cost of insurance is more than 9.56 percent of their gross income they may be eligible.
Another thing that's new this year is kynect has a mobile app that lets you enroll online and helps you find a kynect assistant in your county.
kynect is offering several workshops across our area this upcoming week. Click on the list in this article's photos to find out more.