Resources for health insurance information are offered for uninsured persons who are looking for health insurance under the new health insurance marketplace.
The marketplace goes into effect Oct. 1.
Kansas Insurance Department
A website by the Kansas Insurance Department will help Kansans learn more about changes in the health insurance market in the coming months.
The site, insureKS.org, features educational information for Kansans who may be interested in accessing health insurance coverage through either the online Health Insurance Marketplace or in the regular insurance market outside of the marketplace. The Health Insurance Marketplace is an Internet portal that will allow people to sign up for health insurance as part of the new federal health reform law and to determine whether they may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for health insurance.
The Kansas Insurance Department will hold a public program Oct. 22 to explain how the new federal law might affect residents and their families. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Donnelly College Events Center, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan.
At each event, Linda Sheppard, insurance department health policy director and special counsel, will walk attendees through an overview of the new health law and explain who is affected by the coming health insurance changes. A demonstration of how the new online insurance marketplace operates is also part of the program. The new online signup service, operated in Kansas by the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services, will begin operation Oct. 1.
A portion of the meeting will be answering questions about the changes. The department has received many inquiries in the last month from people who just want to know if they are affected by the changes.
The public meeting will not debate the merits of the program, but will present factual information about it.
According to the Health and Human Services website, there are also application assisters available to help people with paperwork for the new health insurance marketplace. The website, HealthCare.gov, went into effect Oct. 1 to allow uninsured people to sign up for health insurance.
Some of the assisters at the walk-in locations are still completing their federal and state certification requirements.
Places that you may go to get help with applications in Kansas City, Kan., include:
- Swope Health Services, 6013 Leavenworth Road, 816-923-1070, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Swope Health Services, 21 N. 12th St., Suite 400, Kansas City, Kan., 816-923-1070, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
AARP offers explanatory information
AARP has a website set up for the public to understand the new health insurance law, and how it will work for them. The website is at HealthLawAnswers.org and anyone may use it.