health reform

Kansas Will Have Federally Operated Health Exchange

Feb 19, 2013

The new online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year in Kansas as part of the Affordable Care Act will be operated by federal, not state, officials.

That is because Gov. Sam Brownback refused to have any role in implementing what he calls "Obamacare."

Last Friday was the final deadline for states to notify federal officials of their interest in creating a federal-state partnership model for the new health insurance exchange. The deadline came and went with no action by Gov. Brownback.

Blue Cross Plan Picked As Benchmark For Kansas Exchange

Sep 26, 2012
Bryan Thompson / Kansas Public Radio

The Kansas Insurance Department says a Blue Cross plan should set the standard for essential health benefits for all individual and small group health plans sold on the coming exchange in Kansas.

KanCare Online Comment Period Closes Friday

Sep 21, 2012

Friday is your last chance to post comments online for federal health officials to consider in their decision on privatization of the Kansas Medicaid program.

Insurance Commissioner Urges Health Care Plans

Sep 6, 2012

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits it would offer under federal health care reform.

During a meeting with health care officials Wednesday, Praeger said if Kansas doesn’t pick its own plan for a health insurance exchange, the federal government will make the decision for the state.

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, states have until September 30th to decide what benefits will be included in a health insurance exchange.

Advocates Talk Health Insurance Requirements In Meeting

Sep 6, 2012

The state of Kansas will need to write new standards for health insurance policies as part of the federal health care law. State officials will need to decide on the minimum coverage requirements for policies sold on a state health insurance exchange.

At a public meeting in Topeka Wednesday, the Kansas Insurance Department took public comments on the standards.

Some advocates at the meeting argued for more comprehensive benefits, especially for children. Pediatrician and KU Med professor Pam Shaw would like to see more extensive benefits for vision and dental care.

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer told a US House panel Tuesday that the federal health care law threatens patients, taxpayers, states, and the fiscal health of the country.