Kentuckians wanting to buy health insurance on the federal exchange will have fewer options and higher costs.
Starting Tuesday, enrollees will apply for coverage at www.healthcare.gov instead of the state-based exchange known as Kynect. Anthem will be the only insurance provider, and the company will offer customers four plans.
Tonya Wooton works for Community Action of Southern Kentucky, and helps enrollees navigate the online application process. She says while premium increases are expected, they should be offset by subsidies.
"People also need to understand that if premiums increase and you're getting payment assistance, then you're payment assistance is also going to increase, so you may not feel it as much as you think you will," Wooton told WKU Public Radio.
Discounts and payment assistance are based on income.
Republican Governor Matt Bevin’s administration says the Affordable Care Act has caused insurers to pull out of exchange markets across the country, with those that stayed offering higher rates.
Open enrollment on the federal exchange is November 1-January 31, 2017. Consumers must enroll in a plan by December 15 if they want coverage to begin January 1.