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Kentucky farmers express concerns over losing Kynect

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky farmers fighting to keep affordable health care gathered in Frankfort Monday, to express concern of what could happen if Governor Bevin dismantles Kynect.

The farmers support 'Keep Kentucky Covered,' a coalition organized by Kentucky Voices for Health, with the overall goal of sustaining Kentucky's health gains.

Ben Abell and his wife Bree Pearsall run their farm family in Oldham County and depend on Kynect.

"For our family and many others we know, Kynect has been another one of these indispensable government tools," said Abell.

Abell said he took a big risk by leaving his full-time job and benefits to become a farmer.

"Kynect has provided us with a seamless platform that understands our family's changing economic situation," he said.

Last month, Governor Matt Bevin notified the feds he'd be dismantling Kynect.

"I believe that Governor Bevin will develop a better way to implement access to healthcare in Kentucky," said Sen. Damon Thayer (R), Senate Majority Floor Leader.

Thayer says the existing Kynect system needs improvement and the farmers would not lose their healthcare coverage as a result of a new plan.

"We can do it better and for less money for the taxpayers," he said.

Still, Abell and other farmers say they hope officials fight to keep the existing Kynect.

"I strongly urge our legislators, our governor and our Ag Commissioner to do what is right for Kentucky farm families," he said.

Governor Bevin has said his goal is to complete the transition by the end of 2016.

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