What We're Reading at REACH

December 9, 2014  |  Foundation News, What We're Reading

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.

The second health insurance enrollment period through the health insurance marketplace opened on November 15. Following are a few articles of interest:

Issue Brief: Kansas Marketplace Opens for Year Two, Kansas Health Institute, November 15, 2014

The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas opened November 15. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s federally facilitated health insurance marketplace. The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.

The 2015 Kansas marketplace has 82 plans available – 64 for individuals and families (down from 65 in 2014), and 18 for small businesses (up from seven in 2014). All current insurers are again offering plans, along with one additional insurer, bringing the total to five. Read the KHI brief.

As Second Health Enrollment Begins, KC Groups Target the Hard-to-Reach, Heartland Health Monitor, November 17, 2014

As second enrollment period begins, nonprofit health navigators and health centers and for-profit organizations focus on connecting with underserved populations. Read the story.

Missouri Under the Affordable Care Act: Where Are We?, St. Louis Public Radio, November 14, 2014

Last year, 152,335 people bought Missouri health insurance plans on the federal exchange — about 57 percent of those eligible. The US Census estimates that Missouri had about 773,000 uninsured people before the exchanges  became available. Read the story.

Taking Stock: Health Insurance Coverage Under the ACA as of September 2014

The number of uninsured non-elderly adults has dropped by more than 10 million since the launch of state and federal exchanges last year, according to the latest data from the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey.