Affordable Care Act

Kansas' health care exchange is online now at Healthcare.gov.

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.

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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 insureKS.org. 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.

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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.

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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?

Affordable Care Act Debate Continues Before Congress

Sep 18, 2013

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will testify before a joint congressional subcommittee in Washington Wednesday about potential challenges for states under the federal health care overhaul.

Colyer says it's important for Congress to hear concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which was passed into law in 2010.

Colyer is a surgeon and says the law is flawed and detrimental to ordinary Americans.

President Obama and others say the act will help millions of uninsured Americans find health coverage. The online marketplace to help them do so launches October 1.

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A health care reform expert fielded questions in Wichita Thursday about the Affordable Care Act.

A new report by the Center for Rural Affairs finds that rural residents stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, more than their city-dwelling counterparts.

The author of the report, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.

Kansas Republicans Unsure How To Stop Obamacare

Aug 20, 2013

Members of Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation agreed the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law, though they are still unsure how to stop it.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp urged the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association members at their annual conference in Wichita to tell people in Washington how the new health care law affects small businesses.

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