Looking at the ACA Launch Through Social Media

And So It Begins, a social media look at the ACA …

Millions Visit Exchanges at Launch


ACA Goes into Effect


Tuesday marked the beginning of the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, effectively launching the  health care reform program known commonly as Obamacare. High volume of enrollees was partially to blame for glitches in the system at www.healthcare.gov.  According to their Twitter account. 2.8 million people visited the site.



Linda Sheppard at the Kansas Insurance Department told the Kansas Health Institute, “Basically, when we’ve been out talking to the crowds in various locations, we’ve been encouraging them to wait maybe two or three weeks to let some of the potential bugs or glitches smooth out.”

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger speaks to KHI about the Affordable Care Act

The Kansas Marketplace, like twenty five other states, is being run by the federal government.  The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that about 358,000 Kansans have no health insurance.

The Wichita Eagle reported that the Wichita area’s health insurance rates will be the lowest in the state in the online marketplace.

KHI also released an Issue Brief on the Affordable Care Act.

Key Points

  • While technical challenges may initially limit the online functionality, the Kansas marketplace features four insurance companies offering 72 plans at four coverage levels, or “tiers,” in addition to low-cost catastrophic plans.
  • In each Kansas county, at least two companies sell insurance through the marketplace and the average number of plans available is 37. The national average is 53 plans.
  • Many low- and moderate-income Kansans will receive assistance purchasing insurance through premium tax credits.
  • The average monthly premium for the “benchmark” insurance plan — a middle-of-the-road plan in terms of covered benefits and cost — in the Kansas marketplace is $260, below the national average of $328 and lower than all but four other states.
  • Kansas and other states that have not expanded Medicaid as allowed under the health reform law created an unexpected “coverage gap” where people with incomes below the federal poverty level may not be eligible for Medicaid nor financial assistance in the marketplace.

The American Dental Association has issued four stories in a series of articles on the Affordable Care Act.