Affordable Care Act

Carla Eckels / KMUW

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Q&A: The Affordable Care Act In Kansas

Oct 9, 2013

KMUW hosted a live call-in show October 9. We took questions from callers, email and Twitter. Below are questions and answers from the hour. We received more questions than we could get to during the hour, but we followed up with our panelists and added those additional questions and answers below.

Our guests were:

Kansans Struggle With Online Health Marketplace

Oct 4, 2013

Kansas residents who want to find health insurance through the new online marketplace are still struggling to do so.

High user traffic on the federal exchange at is jamming servers and causing long waits.

Even now, on the third day the exchange has been open, people are having to wait an hour or more to buy health coverage.

Topeka's public library opened its computer training center Thursday to people who wanted to sign up.

Kan. Officials Urge Patience On New Health Exchange

Oct 2, 2013

When enrollment opened Tuesday, the online insurance marketplace for Kansas could not fully handle the crush of users who hit the federally run exchange website.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved says it had 60 health care navigators across the state ready to work on the first day of enrollment.

Another 200 to 225 more are still in training. Six of those navigators are bilingual in Spanish, and one person knows sign language.

Kansas' health care exchange is online now at

However, some proponents of the federal health care law that created the marketplace think consumers should wait until any glitches have been fixed before they buy coverage.

Sheldon Weisgrau of the Health Reform Resource Project says people can start buying coverage through the exchange today, but they don't have to. They have until December 15 if they want their coverage to start in January.

Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

The Affordable Care Act marketplace of insurance options goes online October 1. Businesses both small and large have some choices to make, but there are some resources available to help you with that complicated process.

Meet Alex

Alex is an animated bean who walks you through a simple (and cute) tour of the Affordable Care Act at He asks questions about your situation (it’s confidential) and then tells you how the new rules might apply to you.

The federal online marketplace for health insurance opens October 1.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are required to have insurance beginning in 2014. This part of the law, referred to as the “individual mandate,” is designed to increase the number of consumers in the total insurance pool, with the intention of lowering premiums across the board.

Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

The Affordable Care Act may make it easier to get preventative care for many people who may now be using the emergency room. People who put off getting check-ups and tests for minor issues can find themselves with a serious illness. Even a bad tooth, if it is ignored, can manifest into a life-threatening situation.

Joseph Akif, director of nursing for emergency services at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, says that when the economic crisis hit in 2008, the emergency department saw an increase in these kinds of patients.

A recent Pew Research poll found that nationally only a quarter of respondents said they understand “very well” what the effects of the Affordable Care Act will be.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently talked to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger about how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect people in Kansas and what to expect when the health insurance marketplace opens on October 1. Learn more about the basics of the marketplace here.

1. I’ve been asking people about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and so many people don’t know much about it. They’re a bit confused, not knowing what to expect. Can you give us an overview?