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June 13, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

The Rise in Private Sector Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums (June 2022)

The average annual premium for enrollees in private sector employer-sponsored insurance plans in Kansas rose from $8,463 to $11,738 between 2010 and 2020 – a 38.7 percent increase. During this same time, the percent of employees enrolling in health insurance at private sector businesses that offered coverage declined from 62.0 percent to 53.6 percent. This issue brief provides data on the average amount paid by private sector employers and employees for employer-sponsored health insurance premiums over the last decade, the average employer and employee contributions in 2020 and compares premiums paid in Kansas to premiums across the United States.

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May 13, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist — Proposed Rule Aims to Fix ‘Family Glitch’ in ACA Marketplace (May 13, 2022)

Many who selected an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plan were able to take advantage of the more generous federal tax credits provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which increased eligibility for more individuals and families to receive financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums. However, not everyone who could benefit from these enhanced tax credits was able to do so. The Biden Administration recently issued a proposed rule that would change how eligibility for premium tax credits is determined starting in 2023 and fix the so-called ‘family glitch.’ Read our latest blog to learn more.

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January 14, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

2022 Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (January 2022)

For plan year 2022, seven insurers are offering 123 health insurance plans on the Kansas marketplace. While the average monthly premium for a benchmark silver plan in Kansas decreased slightly, some families may see monthly premiums of more than $2,000 per month and deductibles of more than $16,000 per year. This brief provides information about plan options offered for the 2022 plan year, health insurance costs, financial assistance options and factors impacting enrollment.

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December 01, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Annual Insurance Update 2021 (December 2021)

Health insurance coverage in Kansas has improved since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010; however, gains in coverage have stalled in recent years. In several population groups, disparities in insurance coverage that narrowed following implementation of the ACA have reversed and show signs of widening. This Annual Insurance Update 2021 uses the latest available data (from 2019) to provide information about insurance coverage in Kansas and highlights areas where disparities in coverage may be growing. While we recognize the value of this annual publication as a resource, we also realize that COVID-19 has undoubtedly had an impact on insurance coverage since 2019. Therefore, watch our website for upcoming analyses as the U.S. Census Bureau releases the most recent data.

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June 21, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Marketplace Enrollment Increased Slightly for Kansas in Early 2021 (June 2021)

During the 2021 plan year open enrollment period that ended December 15, 2020, 88,627 Kansans selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a health insurance plan through the federally facilitated marketplace. That represents an increase of 2,790 (3.3 percent) Kansans compared to the previous year. Total enrollment in 2021 is expected to increase because of a special enrollment period (SEP) for the COVID-19 pandemic, which runs from February 15 through August 15, 2021, and additional financial assistance available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This brief and infographic provide summary data on enrollment, enrollee characteristics, plan selection, financial assistance, premiums and stand-alone dental insurance in Kansas. The accompanying maps show 2021 marketplace enrollment in Kansas by county and ZIP code.

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May 24, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Glimpse Into Hospital Prices In Kansas (May 2021)

Lowering the cost of health care is consistently one of the top priorities for Americans, according to public opinion polls. Data from a recently released study by the RAND Corporation show that the prices paid for hospital services by self-insured employers vary at least two- to three-fold in Kansas. The availability of data plays a critical role in understanding variations in health care spending. Additional data would allow for a more robust analysis of overall health care pricing and the associated costs for employers and consumers. This brief provides an analysis on hospital pricing and discusses an opportunity to further improve price transparency for health care services overall.

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January 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Uninsured Rate During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 3 (January 22, 2021)

With the job loss and financial stress of the pandemic there has been great concern that many Kansans could lose their insurance coverage. This issue of Pulse on Kansas looks at the uninsured rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pulse on Kansas reports data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey on important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

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January 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas Issue 2 (January 22, 2021)

The stress and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are just beginning to be understood. This issue of Pulse on Kansas looks at the data for clues on how the pandemic is impacting the mental health of Kansans at different income levels. Pulse on Kansas reports data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey on important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

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