Kentucky! Of all places!

In spite of having two senators (McConnell and Paul) opposed to the Affordable Care Act, the state of Kentucky seems to be making a good start at signing up people for Medicaid and Exchange-based health insurance policies.

Kentucky "is far ahead of most of the nation in signing up people: As of Nov. 1, more than 27,854 Kentuckians had enrolled in Medicaid under the law’s expansion of that program, and 4,631 had signed up for private plans through the state-run exchange, known as Kynect. The state says it is enrolling 1,000 people a day."

How has the state done it? "While most states lack enough navigators to reach all who need help, Kentucky is spending $11 million in federal money to promote its exchange, and it shows: Ads for Kynect blanket television and radio, city buses and highway billboards in Louisville."

And (lucky them) they have a Democratic governor actively promoting the state effort to sign people up. Here's the full story.

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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