Does Kansas Have a State-run Exchange?

No, but you can visit the federal health exchange, or compare rates from one of the insurance companies listed below.


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Kansas Health Exchange

Like many other states, Kansas has experienced technical problems when it comes to their current health insurance exchange. Kansas opted to use the federally-facilitated platform, as did several other states, and soon found that the federal set-up was not ready for testing or use. The overall scheme of things has several consumers frustrated to say the least.

Kansas

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp reported that he tried to sign on to the website over 20 times the first day and couldn't even set-up an account. While there are several problems to be worked out, officials are still optimistic of the overall plan.

In 2011 Governor Sam Brownback refused over $31million dollars offered by the Federal government to support the creation of the exchange and continued to resist the ACA or Affordable Care Act. With over 350,000 uninsured Kasans, the state decided to go with the federally-facilitated exchange platform. It was reported that they had 60 licensed navigators and over 200 in training a little more than most states have found thus far.

Kansas Exchange Info Graphic

But already navigators are complaining of an inability to connect with the website, sign-up consumers with insurance, or even log-in when necessary. As with all new technology, there will be glitches, but keeping heads held high is becoming more difficult as time passes.

Key Requirements for the Exchange

  • Toll free lines. The exchanges are required to provide consumers with a toll free line to ask questions and concerns about the website, plans, etc.
  • Navigator Program. The navigator program allows consumers to understand the policies, how the affordable care act will affect their coverage, and purchase coverage on the spot.
  • Certify the Health Plans. The exchanges are required to ensure that all plans are certified and that they are in compliance with standards and requirements in which they are obligated.