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.
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger joined representatives of AARP and other consumer groups at a Statehouse press conference urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill aimed at freeing Kansas and other states from federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. Praeger said if Brownback signs the bill it could be a bad political move given the popularity of the Medicare program with Kansas seniors.
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.
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.