By Roberta Riportella
Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension
Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.
According to the Kansas Health Institute (http://www.khi.org/news/2014/nov/15/kansas-marketplace-opens-year-two/), the average premium for all plans offered in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace increased just 0.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, but the KHI acknowledges that individual Kansans could see a wide range of price changes for specific level plans.