- Exchanges: The Kansas legislature has not introduced any bills establishing a health exchange. The Kansas Insurance Department has begun preliminary planning for a state-federal partnership exchange.
- Essential Health Benefits: Kansas recently began public discussions on essential health benefits. The Kansas Insurance Department will hold a public hearing on September 5 and will accept written and oral comments on proposed benchmark plans. Officials expect to submit a recommendation to the governor by September 24.
- Medicaid Expansion: Governor Brownback has not announced whether the state will be participating in the Medicaid expansion.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Kansas currently has 55,162 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 12% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» Gov. Brownback: Stopping ObamaCare in Hands of American People (press release)
» Topeka Capital-Journal – State Seeks KanCare Waiver from Feds
» The Kansas City Star – Insurers Await Justices’ Mandate on Health Reform