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Issues in Health Reform

The need for consumer assistance enrolling in online marketplace (the Exchanges)

January 1, 2014 is the day that the new insurance plans begin for consumers who will be enrolling for those plans through the online marketplace (the Exchange).  In Kansas as many other states the federal government is responsible for designing what that online marketplace will look like.

Enrollment in those plans will be Oct 1, 2013 – March 31 2014 (the extended date currently for this first year only).  This article today basically lays out the herculean task of getting so many new people enrolled.  I trust Kaiser Health News to put together fact based stories. http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/May/05/insurance-exchanges-marketplaces-navigators-consumers.aspx

Though the information is not specific to Kansas we will not be all that different.  We have over 368,000 uninsured, some percentage of which are expected to need assistance in enrolling.  See this Kansas Health Institute publication for details on how many folks are expected to enroll.


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