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Kansans slow to embrace health marketplace in November

December 11, 2013


New figures show that Kansans remained slow to embrace a federally run online health insurance marketplace in November even though the pace of enrollments in health plans increased.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday that fewer than 1,900 Kansans had chosen health plans through the marketplace at the end of last month — less than 10 percent of those eligible.

However, the enrollment figure as of Nov. 2 was only 371.

The October rollout of the online marketplace under the federal health overhaul was plagued by problems, and in November, the federal agency was working on fixing them.

Kansas declined to operate its own exchange or partner with the federal government. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and many GOP legislators are critics of the health care overhaul.


Bob Smith 4 years ago

Considering the security holes reported in the ACA site, the motto should be: "If you like your privacy, you can keep your privacy."

Mike Ford 4 years ago

mr. fearmonger......I enrolled in ACA and my wife and I will be getting our BCBS packet for our Silver insurance later this week.

Kathleen Christian 4 years ago

Could the reason be why most are NOT signing up for the Healthcare (among other reasons) is they simply CAN'T AFFORD to pay the high premiums. (affordable my eye). And since our illustraious Governor opted-out of extending the Medicaid program those even making $15,000 or less are NOT - I REPEAT - NOT eligible for any tax credit. I know because I read it in plain English on the website. "If your state opted-out of entending your state's Medicaid program you DO NOT qualify for a tax credit. Therefore, I opt-out of signing up for something I know I cannot afford. I also believe that the State of Kansas be responsible for paying the tax credits to the individuals who cannot afford to pay $384 to $505 (high premium) a month. May be chump change to the Governor and his peeps, but to folks like me who live on a meager income it's a choice between eating, paying rent or having healthcare. I'd rather have a roof over my head.

Phil Cauthon 4 years ago

Clarification from the Kansas Health Institute: Children do not fall into the “coverage gap” because all children in Kansas in families with incomes below 225% of the federal poverty level (FPL) -- which is $52,987 per year for a family of four -- qualify for Medicaid (called KanCare). Those in families with incomes up to 400% of FPL -- which is $94,200 per year for a family of four -- may qualify for financial assistance when buying private insurance through

KHI has estimated that 29,400 Kansas children -- who are currently eligible but not yet enrolled in Medicaid -- may gain coverage as a result of Obamacare due to the expanded outreach and enrollment efforts, and due to the requirement for individuals to have insurance by Jan. 1 or pay a penalty. This is likely to happen even if Kansas does not expand Medicaid as allowed under Obamacare because these children are already eligible.

As the article notes, KHI has estimated that there are about 88,000 adults in Kansas who fall into the “coverage gap” -- that is, they do not qualify for Medicaid and do not earn enough to qualify for tax subsidies to buy insurance via Kansas adults fall into this coverage gap if: 1) They are a parent and earn between 32% and 100% of FPL, which is between $7,536 and $23,550 per year for a family of four; or 2) They are an non-disabled adult earning less than 100% FPL, which is $11,170 for an individual.

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