The Kansas Health Department says it has no plan to cover uninsured individuals, but several health systems across the state say they do not plan to.
Kansas officials also announced that they will start collecting premiums for new enrollees this fall, and a spokesperson said the agency would issue the first wave of individual health insurance forms this spring.
The Kansas Insurance Commissioner’s office says its health plans have no plans to cover anyone without a valid policy.
The agency’s press release says, however, that it would not offer subsidies to new enrollee families.
Kansas also says it will provide subsidies to people who are eligible for Medicaid but cannot afford it.
The statement from the Kansas Insurance Commission says the agency will provide assistance to eligible individuals who have health insurance plans that cover a maximum of 100 percent of the cost of their premium, which would be $5,800 per individual and $8,400 per family.
The commissioner’s office will continue to provide guidance on how to manage your personal finances, and the agency says it would provide assistance on how much to cover and how much you should pay out of pocket.
The KHC said that it was “working with the health care delivery system to provide assistance as necessary,” but that it does not have a plan to provide health insurance to uninsured individuals.
The statement from Kansas said that its plans had “no plans to include health insurance coverage for those who cannot afford insurance.”
Kansas has also announced it will begin offering subsidies for people to buy private insurance on the individual market, starting next month.
The Kansas Insurance Department said that people who do not have health coverage and do not qualify for Medicaid will be eligible to receive a subsidy for up to $3,000 per year.
The agency said that the new federal health care law will not be used to subsidize private insurance, which it said is “not required by the ACA.”
A spokeswoman for the Kansas Health Commissioner’s Office, which oversees the state’s health care systems, said that “under the federal ACA, individuals and families must have health care coverage, including coverage for essential benefits such as prescription drugs and mental health services.”
In a statement, the Kansas Republican Party said that if the Kansas health department’s health plan is approved by the state legislature it will be “a disaster for people in Kansas and will have no impact on our state.”
“Kansas Republicans will work hard to repeal the ACA and keep Kansas in line with the rest of the nation,” the statement continued.
“Kansas Republicans and the state of Kansas will work together to pass an open, comprehensive health care plan that covers all Kansas residents and everyone who wants it.
Kansas Republicans are also calling for the repeal of the ACA to be replaced with an open-source plan that addresses the problems the ACA has caused.”