What We're Reading at REACH

October 3, 2013  |  Foundation News

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

As of this week, consumers are now able to purchase health insurance coverage through online marketplaces, web-based tools that allow individuals to comparison shop for health insurance coverage plans. The federal government established health insurance marketplaces in 33 states, including for Kansas and Missouri. Following are articles and reports related to the launch of health insurance marketplaces:

Issue Brief: Insurance Marketplace Now Open–Plan and Cost Options for Kansans, LeAnn Bell, Pharm.D., Robert S. Peter, M.D., Kansas Health Institute, Oct. 1, 2013

The Kansas Health Institute released an issue brief on October 1, 2013, that summarizes the health insurance marketplace plans and their costs in the seven rating areas of the state of Kansas. The KHI report notes there are 72 plans available provided by four private insurance companies; 65 of the plans are available for individuals and families, and seven for small businesses. 

KHI report and charts

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Subsidy Calculator

The calculator is a tool that illustrates premiums and subsidies for people purchasing health insurance through the online health insurance marketplaces.

News Rep0rts

“Obamacare Exchanges Open with Glitches, and That’s Great News,” Barbara Shelley, Kansas City Star, October 1, 2013

 “Obamacare’s Biggest Problem Right Now Isn’t Glitches. It’s Traffic,” Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post, October 2, 2013

“Health Reform: Seven Things You Need to Know,” Consumer Reports