Strong demand for health insurance in Kansas

healthcarereformDespite all the problems with the federal website, more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health coverage through the insurance marketplace, according to newly released federal data. What’s more, 31 percent of enrollees in Kansas are between the ages of 18 and 34, which is higher than the national average of 28 percent. The 57,000 total doesn’t include Kansans 26 and younger who are now receiving health insurance through their parents’ plans, thanks to the ACA. More than 75,000 additional Kansans could be insured if the governor and the Legislature would allow a federal expansion of Medicaid. But they are more concerned about trying to undermine the ACA rather than helping needy Kansans gain coverage.