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11:11 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Insurance Commissioner-Elect Ken Selzer Wants Robust Market, Greater Competition

State insurance commissioner-elect Ken Selzer says creating a more robust market is a top goal of his time in office.

Selzer says greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul.

He is confident that he can attract companies into the state and encourage others already in Kansas to do more business.

Ken Selzer is a Republican and takes office January 12th.

He'll replacing retiring Commissioner Sandy Praeger.

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Health
1:20 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Kansas Bucks Trend Toward Higher Obamacare Premiums

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Premiums in the federal health insurance Marketplace are slightly higher, on average, than last year-but not in Kansas. More from Bryan Thompson.

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says the cost of the so-called “benchmark” silver plan is up an average of two percent nationwide. But In Kansas, the benchmark plan is actually five per cent lower this year.

Kansas Insurance Department spokesman Bob Hanson says that’s because Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas has added a new HMO marketplace plan with premiums lower than last year’s benchmark silver.

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Health
1:50 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

More State Employees To Become Eligible For Health Benefits

More than 2,000 employees will become eligible for full-time health benefits starting Jan. 1st.

Director Mike Michael of the Kansas State Employee Health Plan says the expansion is the result of the federal Affordable Care Act, which requires large employers to provide the benefits to employees who work at least 30 hours a week.

The state health plan previously required people to work at least 36 hours a week to be eligible for full-time benefits.

Health
2:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Marketplace Open; KS Premiums Comparable To 2014

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The federal health insurance marketplace opened for its second year of business Saturday. Bryan Thompson has the highlights.

Predictions of double-digit rate increases this year haven’t come true. A review by the non-profit Kansas Health Institute finds that, on average, premiums for plans sold in Kansas are up just one-tenth of one percent. But the average isn’t what matters to consumers.

Every plan is different. Some do have double-digit increases, but some have double-digit price drops.

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Health
11:41 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Expert Tells Older Kansans 'ACA Strengthens Medicare'

The top Medicare expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation says the health care program for older Americans is stronger today than it was four years ago-and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is the reason why. Bryan Thompson spoke with Tricia Neuman while she was in Salina for an annual senior fair.

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Health
11:33 am
Tue September 9, 2014

KS Receives New Round Of Navigator Funding

Two groups have received new federal grants to help Kansans sign up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act online health insurance Marketplace.

Jim McLean reports the next open enrollment period starts in November.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gallup Poll Shows Kansas Saw Significant Increase of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas saw a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year, while states expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines.

Kansas, which has not expanded its Medicaid program through the health care law saw the adult uninsured rate rise from 12 percent last year to nearly 18 percent during the first half of this year. It's the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the nation according to data collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

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Health
5:22 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kansas Only State In Nation With Significant Increase Of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas is the only state in the nation to see a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year. Meanwhile, states that adopted parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines in their rates.

The adult uninsured rate in Kansas rose from 12.5 percent last year to more than 17.5 percent during the first half of this year, giving it the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the U.S. Research director Dan Witters did not offer an explanation for the growth in Kansas uninsured.

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Health
12:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Affordable Care Act Ruling Could Affect Kansas and Missouri

Kansas and Missouri are among the states that would be affected if a federal court ruling on Obamacare subsidies stands.

As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, consumers in both states could lose the subsidies that help make the coverage affordable.

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Health
12:25 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

ACA Premiums Average Less than $70 a Month in Kansas

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.

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.

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.

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