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Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces

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Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act politically, you might be wondering what your health insurance options will be under this new law, particularly if you don't get insurance from your employer.

Jessica Hembree, program officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, join us to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplaces in Kansas and Missouri. 

The marketplaces go live at healthcare.gov on October 1. Open enrollment closes March 31. Coverage can begin as soon as January 1. 

Use a "subsidy calculator" to estimate the subsidy you might be eligible for under the Affordable Care Act.


  • Sandy Praeger is the Kansas Commissioner of Insurance and chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee. Before that she served both in the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.
  • Jessica Hembree is a program officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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