Kansas Health Insurance
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Kansas Health Insurance Stats
Kansas Residents: 2,765,000
Median Annual Household Income: $46,847
Kansas Health Care Expenditures (in millions): $19,107
Households with at least 1 full time worker: 1,278,000
Kansas Health Insurance Coverage based on Total Population (%):
- Employer: 52%
- Individual: 5%
- Medicaid: 13%
- Medicare: 14%
- Uninsured: 13%
Avg. Monthly Kansas Individual Premiums: N/A
Total Kansas HMO Enrollment: 331,477
According to state law, every Kansas health insurance plan is guaranteed renewable. This means insurance companies can't cancel coverage if a policyholder gets sick or injured.
Kansas health insurance companies are also not allowed to exclude coverage or require waiting periods for residents applying for an individual health plan after leaving an employer's group plan, according to the federal law HIPAA.
Health plans in Kansas are also required to cover certain care under state law, including:
- Screening for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer
- Medical care for pregnant women
- Vaccinations for children
The state also requires Kansas health insurance companies to set coverage limits and maximums for mental health conditions equal to physical conditions.
Here are the public Kansas health insurance programs, providing low-income residents help in finding coverage:
The Kansas Medicaid program offers health insurance coverage for low-income families, children, pregnant women, and disabled citizens. If you want to learn more about Kansas Medicaid, visit http://www.khpa.ks.gov/MedicalAssistanceProgram/default.html.
For low-income children up to age 19 who do not qualify for Medicaid and are uninsured, they can receive coverage through HealthWave. It is the state Children's Health Insurance Program in Kansas. To learn more about this Kansas health insurance program for children, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthwave/default.htm.
- The Early Detection Works Program
This program provides low-income women with free screening for breast and cervical cancer. If a woman is diagnosed with cancer through this program, she can get full health care coverage through Medicaid. Learn more at http://www.kdheks.gov/edw/.
- Kansas Medicare
Seniors can find Kansas health insurance through Medicare Advantage, Supplement and Original Medicare.
Trade workers and early retirees in Kansas can also receive a tax credit to help pay for health plan premiums through the Federal Health Coverage Tax Credit.
Residents in Kansas with pre-existing conditions can now find health insurance coverage from high risk pools that were set up by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan - Kansas (PCIP - KS) will work similar to regular Kansas health insurance plans and will require enrollees to pay monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
Enrollees in the Kansas PCIP will pay around the same amount that people without medical conditions pay for health insurance. The plan will include a $2,500 deductible that must be met before health insurance benefits are covered. The out-of-pocket limit is set at $5,950 a year.
The Kansas PCIP will provide health insurance coverage for hospital and doctor visits, emergency services, prescription drugs and more.
Individuals may apply for the Kansas health insurance program if they are a United States citizen, have a medical condition and have been without health insurance for six months.
For more information on the Kansas health insurance high risk pools visit http://www.khiastatepool.com.
The following list of companies offer Kansas health insurance plans:
Aetna is one of the largest health insurance providers in America with more than 30 million members. Their network includes over 787,000 health care professionals.
Assurant Health, headquartered in Milwaukee, has been offering quality insurance products and coverage to over 1 million members since 1982. Assurant is committed to providing health insurance plans that have broad coverage while providing valuable protection.
Celtic concentrates on individual health insurance, offering a wide variety of plans for both individuals and families.
Companion Life Insurance Company specializes in employee benefit plans in 45 states and the District of Columbia. They have been providing these services and coverage for the last 35 years, becoming a single source for affordable life, disability, accident, dental, vision, and other specialty insurance programs.
Great American Insurance Company, a part of Great American Financial Resources Inc,, is a leading provider of health insurance and other coverage solutions.
Through affordable health insurance options, Humana helps their members better manage their healthcare and make informed health decisions.
John Alden Life Insurance has been selling health coverage throughout America since 1961. Today, they are part of Assurant. John Alden plans include individual health and small group coverage. They also sell Health Savings Account plans.
Started in 1978, IAC offers management services to large companies who self-insure.
Today, Time Insurance is known as Assurant Health with insurance coverage for individuals, students, families, seniors, and businesses.
Today, Time Short Term health insurance is offered through the Assurant name. Time short term health plans provide comprehensive coverage for a temporary period of time at affordable rates.
World Insurance offers several types of individual health insurance ranging from dental coverage to comprehensive major medical plans.
Find the contact information for the Kansas insurance commissioner and health and environment departments at:
420 SW 9th Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1678
Phone: (785) 296-3071
Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-1500