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Kynect is back and the governor is promising savings

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Starting Friday, Kentuckians can login to the commonwealth’s newly-revived state-based health insurance marketplace known as kynect. 

The online portal, launched under former Gov. Steve Beshear and shelved under Gov. Matt Bevin, is set for a comeback.

The marketplace will allow Kentuckians to access, compare, and purchase health plans – or apply for food or utilities assistance, job training, and veterans’ benefits. Gov. Andy Beshear is also pledging savings. The administration estimates the shift back to a state-based model will save $15 million in surcharges on premiums charged on the federal site.

"The savings are going to be passed to the people who actually buy off the state-based exchange," he said. "Everything the state is saving the people are going to feel in terms of lower cost for coverage."

The new plans take effect at the start of 2022. Enrollment runs from November 1 through January 15.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.