Issue Brief: Insurance Exchange Will Provide Many Kansas Consumers With New Options

1 | Health Insurance, Health Reform

In 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate will require nearly all U.S. citizens to have health insurance. The health reform law also requires each state to have an online marketplace known as a health insurance exchange where people can obtain insurance.

This new issue brief — the eighth in a series focusing on health reform — examines which Kansans would be most likely to use a health insurance exchange.

Key findings of the brief include:

• More than 500,000 Kansans would have some reason to consider using the health insurance exchange to obtain coverage, though some are more likely to use it than others.

• About 1.7 million Kansans are likely to continue with the coverage they have now.

• The exchange will provide small employers and their workers with more options.

• The exchange will serve as a gateway for determining eligibility for federal tax credits as well as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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