To the editor:
I have to say I am amazed! I talked to a friend about Obamacare and he said, “Last month, I was paying $760 a month for a (catastrophic) policy. Thanks to ACA, I pay less than $10 a month for a silver policy with a $10 co-pay. And I save $9,000 a year.”
I myself tried last fall and due to the “glitch,” thought we were ineligible for the tax credit. After an appointment with the health department (quick and efficient), we found that the glitch is over. At 62 years old, we have a silver policy with a $5 co-pay, for $206 per month. Sixty percent of all Kansans (by income) can benefit from the ACA if they need health insurance.
Kansans whose incomes fall below the poverty level, including single parents and the working but still hurting, get no help and often go untreated. In Kansas, Medicaid goes only to the disabled, the elderly and children. The Kansas Legislature wants to keep it that way, even though we are already paying for expanded Medicaid, through our taxes. The Legislature refuses to pay even 10 percent of the cost to cover those in poverty.
A much healthier Kansas is around the corner, unless we allow the politicians to kill it, throwing a lot of us back into the ranks of the uninsurable. Hopefully the thousands, across Kansas already being helped by this law will spread the word to others in need and voice their support to the Legislature.