"No one in state government is going to be happy until every Kentuckian has received the benefits for which they qualify," Beshear said during his Wednesday coronavirus update.
Hundreds of people, many experiencing wait times of at least eight hours, some driving hours to simply stand in line, waited in front of the state
More in-person services to process Kentuckians' still pending unemployment claims will be offered from
Of Wednesday's new number of cases, Beshear said, "Kentuckians are doing a good job, but we've got to remember what we see around says [the virus] can come back very, very quickly."
Six more people with the virus have died, Beshear said, bringing the statewide death toll to at least 518.
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At least 329,710 tests have been administered across the state -- an increase of more than 5,200 tests since Tuesday.
At least 416 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, 61 are in intensive care and 3,444 have recovered from the virus.
The governor has repeatedly said the virus had laid bare systemic inequalities, including Kentuckian's access to health care.
That's in part why Beshear has submitted a declaration of intent to the federal government to reinstate the state-based health care exchange known as KYnect, he announced on Wednesday. The health care exchange was rolled out initially by his father and Democratic predecessor Gov.
"I'm committed to getting every Kentuckian signed up for health care," the governor said. "This is just a start of how we're going to provide that."
Beshear said a state-based exchange will significantly reduce the cost of premiums and restore local control over the health care system -- "I believe we can do this much better than the federal government."
The state-based exchange will begin
"As we come out of COVID-19, we want to be better," Beshear said. "We want to build a better economy, [and] we want to provide better health care."
This story will be updated.
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