As the next open enrollment period approaches, this brief looks back at plan year 2017 enrollment results in Kansas for Healthcare.gov, the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Key points include:
- For 2017, 98,780 Kansans were enrolled in a plan offered on the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of these, 86,310 paid premiums and actually gained coverage.
- More than one in four (28.9 percent) Kansas enrollees were age 18‒34, an important age group because of their generally better health status and lower expected health care costs.
- The large majority (84.5 percent) of Kansans who obtained insurance through the marketplace received financial assistance in the form of either advance premium tax credits (APTC) or cost-sharing subsidies.
- The average monthly premium on the Kansas marketplace for 2017 was $476, and the average monthly APTC was $379. For Kansans receiving APTC, the average net monthly premium after tax credits was about $110.
- For the 2018 enrollment period that begins November 1, 2017, a total of 23 health plans will be offered by three companies and every Kansas county will have at least one insurer. The changes in premiums range from a decrease of 8.8 percent to an increase of 29.0 percent.
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