Affordable Care Act en Affordable Care Act Ruling Could Affect Kansas and Missouri <p>Kansas and Missouri are among the states that would be affected if a federal court ruling on Obamacare subsidies stands.</p><p>As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, consumers in both states could lose the subsidies that help make the coverage affordable.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:29:30 +0000 Jim McLean 37917 at ACA Premiums Average Less than $70 a Month in Kansas <p>A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says the average out-of-pocket cost in Kansas for individual health insurance through the new federal marketplace is $67 a month. Bryan Thompson has more.</p><p></p><p>The report says the actual premium averages $290 a month, but most people qualify for a federal tax credit that covers three-fourths of that amount.</p><p>In fact, a little more than three out of every four Kansans buying insurance through the federal exchange qualify for some level of income-based tax credit.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:25:45 +0000 Bryan Thompson 36196 at Journalist Sarah Kliff Comes To Wichita To Discuss The Affordable Care Act <p>A journalist who has covered the health reform debate for several national publications will be in Wichita next Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and the issue surrounding it.</p><p>Sarah Kliff worked for Politico and the Washington Post before recently moving to the new media venture <a href=""></a></p><p>Jim McClean talked with Kliff recently and has this preview...</p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kliff</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be speaking next Wednesday afternoon at Wichita’s Old Town Hotel.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:32:54 +0000 Kate Clause & Jim McLean 34152 at Washington Post Rates Huelskamp's ACA Claim A 'Whopper' <p></p><p></p><p>A Washington Post blog called “The Fact Checker” gives a “Four Pinocchios” rating to recent claims by Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rating is based on statements </span>Huelskamp<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> made during recent town hall meetings in Hays and Salina, when he was asked about the Affordable Care Act, or </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:23:38 +0000 Bryan Thompson 33658 at Washington Post Rates Huelskamp's ACA Claim A 'Whopper' Study: Medicaid Expansion Would Help Low-Income Workers and Boost Kansas Economy <p>Another new study says that expanding Medicaid would help low-income workers in Kansas and boost the state’s economy.</p><p>This latest study comes from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more.</p><p></p><p>The Medicaid expansion study was funded in part by a consortium of Kansas health foundations, some of which also provide support to the KHI News Service.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:06:28 +0000 Jim McLean 33426 at State AARP Urges Brownback To Veto Health Compact Bill <p>Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, the Kansas state chapter of AARP, and several other groups are calling on Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill authorizing Kansas’s membership in an interstate health care compact.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill supporters say the compact would free the state from the new Affordable Care Act rules and regulations and allow it to control Medicaid and Medicare spending within its borders.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:38:04 +0000 Jim McLean 33086 at State AARP Urges Brownback To Veto Health Compact Bill Crowson Cartoon: The Health Care Compact <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:24:03 +0000 Richard Crowson 32748 at Crowson Cartoon: The Health Care Compact Kansas Senate Considers State Health Care Compact <p>The Senate is also taking up a bill to bring Kansas into a multi-state compact asking to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>If Senators pass the bill today, it will go to Governor Sam Brownback.</p><p><a href="">The House approved it last month.</a></p><p>If the U.S. Congress consents, the compact lets participating states remove themselves from all federal health regulations.</p><p>Many Republican lawmakers strongly oppose the Affordable Care Act. They see it as intrusive and burdensome.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:57:56 +0000 Associated Press 32527 at Kansas Healthcare Navigators Slammed With Requests Ahead Of ACA Deadline <p>Consumers and health care counselors struggled through problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace on Monday.</p><p>They were hit with a crush of late requests from Kansans trying to sign up for health coverage by the deadline.</p><p>The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved trained most of the state's 170 or so health care counselors, or navigators.</p><p>The non-profit group reported that their schedules were packed with appointments ahead of the deadline.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:17:56 +0000 Associated Press 32330 at Kansas House Passes Compact In Effort To Move Away From Federal Health Care <p>The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate <a href="">a bill</a> that would allow Kansas to join several other states <a href="">in an effort to take control of health care programs away from the federal government.</a></p><p></p><p>The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Brett Hildabrand.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:19:09 +0000 Bryan Thompson 31993 at