Health Policy Authority Says Reform Would Lower Kansas Costs

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

(WIBW) - An analysis by the Kansas Health Policy Authority concludes health insurance reform fills pending in Congress could lower costs for the state of Kansas.

KHPA says the measures would also extend health coverage to most, but not all, Kansans who are currently uninsured.

KHPA says its actuarial analysis examined two bills under consideration, including one which passes the House Nov. 5, known as the Affordable Health Care for America Act. The other measure was a Senate bill known as America’s Healthy Future Act.

According to the KHPA analysis, the Senate bill would likely result in net savings to the state of $25 million to $50 million per year and would extend coverage to about 240,000 of the estimated 335,000 uninsured in Kansas.

The House bill would likely result in net savings of $0 to $25 million per year for the state and would reduce the number of uninsured by about 190,000 people.

“These estimates are based on a wide range of assumptions,” said KHPA Acting Executive Director Andy Allison. “There are several policy choices that the state would need to make if either of these bills becomes law, and those choices could affect the net fiscal impact.”

The KHPA analysis shows that provisions such as an expansion of Medicaid eligibility would result in higher costs for the state. However, it says those increases would be offset by the savings from other items, especially those that would shift certain groups out of Medicaid and SCHIP, and into a reformed private insurance market.


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