Kentuckians can now get help seven days a week when signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
The call center for Kentucky's program, called Kynect, has added Sunday hours and is now operating from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Operators will continue to take calls at 1-855-459-6328 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
State officials are pushing to enroll an estimated 640,000 Kentuckians who are without health insurance.
In other efforts, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced earlier this week that libraries across the state will hold enrollment sessions. Contact your local library for details.
In Lexington, HealthFirst Bluegrass and Bluegrass Community Health Center are offering enrollment assistance during the week and on Saturdays. Other health departments also are offering assistance.
Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, every American is expected to sign up for health insurance. In Kentucky, about 340,000 people are expected to qualify for the government-funded program that provides medical care to the poor, Medicaid. Most other currently uninsured residents are expected to get subsidized rates.
Those signing up for health insurance by Dec. 23 are expected to have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. People can sign up through the website, Kynect.Ky.Gov, or by calling the center.
The deadline for obtaining coverage is March 31. Those who do not enroll in an insurance plan will pay a fine.
So far, according to the state, 69,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health insurance.
Options for enrolling in Kynect
Kynect.Ky.Gov or 1-855-459-6328. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat., Sun.
HealthFirst Bluegrass, 650 Newtown Pike, Lexington, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Fri. Call (859) 899-2269 and for Saturday hours.
Bluegrass Community Health Center, 1306 Versailles Road, Suite 120, Lexington, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14.
Information: (859) 259-2635.
Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog: Bluegrassmoms.com.