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Oct. 11, 2011
The health reform law known as the Affordable Care Act requires states to establish a health insurance exchange or allow the federal government to operate one in the state.
An exchange will function as an online marketplace where consumers can compare and buy insurance coverage. The exchange also helps identify people who qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or other forms of financial assistance and helps them receive that aid.
This brief — the third in a series about the impact of health reform in Kansas — examines the aspects of the new law that are related to a health insurance exchange and how the exchange will change the way some Kansans obtain health insurance.
KHI Briefs on Health Reform
→ The Impact of Health Reform on Insurance Benefits and Mandates in Kansas
→ A Health Insurance Exchange in Kansas? Decisions and Deadlines Ahead for State Leaders
→ Affordable Care Act's Expansion of Medicaid Expected to Boost Kansas Enrollment
→ Medicare Changes Include Care Coordination and Prescription Drug Costs
→ What the Affordable Care Act Could Mean for Kansas Employers and Health Insurance
→ What the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Reform May Mean for Kansans
→ ACA Medicaid Expansion: Enrollment and Cost Estimates for Kansas Policymakers
→ Insurance Exchange Will Provide Many Kansas Consumers With New Options
→ Affordable Care Act Will Increase Coverage, Demand for Mental Health Services
→ Kansans Share Thoughts on Health Care System and Affordable Care Act
→ Resource document: Terms and definitions