As the Feb. 15 deadline for enrolling in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act looms, the numbers of people with health insurance in Kentucky has fluctuated.
Gov. Steve Beshear has said for months that 521,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in a health insurance plan since 2013. But on Feb. 6, state officials said 484,000 had enrolled. That is a difference of about 37,000 people or about 7 percent.
When asked about the difference Jill Midkiff, spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, responded in an email: "The 521,000 was a point in time enrollment figure from late last summer that represented the number of Kentuckians enrolled in health care coverage through Kynect."
The number fluctuates as people who are Medicaid eligible gain or lose jobs or undergo other life-changing events, such as divorce or the birth of a child, which impact the Medicaid eligibility, Midkiff explained.
A comprehensive report on current enrollment numbers is in the works, she said.
Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for Beshear, concurred. She pointed out the changes have been updated with frequent news releases since open enrollment, which ends Feb. 15, began in October.
She could not say why the 521,000 didn't fluctuate.
A news release from the governor's office on Jan. 16 used the 521,000 figure. A release on Feb. 6 did not reference any total.
Before August, the state was reporting 421,000 people had enrolled under Kynect. Kentucky has been lauded as a model for enrollment.