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Yesterday, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):


Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler
Saddened to read of the UNAffordable Care that continues to plague Missourians: [….] 5:41 AM – 3 Nov 2015

The article:

October 27, 2015
Some area residents will see higher premiums for ACA health insurance plans

Premiums will go up substantially next year for some Kansas City area residents enrolled in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.

How much will depend on which plan people have right now.

And while Kansas City area residents in Missouri will be able to choose among four providers, people in Johnson and Wyandotte counties will have only two options….

….New data for the 37 states that use the federal HealthCare.gov marketplace, rather than run their own exchanges, suggest that premiums for next year will be going up far more in the Kansas City area than in many other large cities….

….Premium changes for benchmark plans in other cities range from a 35.2 percent increase in Tulsa, Okla., to an 11.8 percent drop in Indianapolis….

….Residents on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area will still be able to choose plans from Coventry, as well as from Blue Cross, UnitedHealthcare and Humana.

Because plans and premiums change, it’s best to shop for plans each year, experts say. People who switched their ACA plans from 2014 to 2015, while staying in the same tier, saved an average of $400 on premiums compared to those who stayed in the same plans, an HHS study found….

[emphasis added]

Johnson and Wyandotte counties are in Kansas. The Missouri General Assembly refused to set up a state exchange and continues to refuse to implement Medicaid expansion.

Some health insurance premiums went up in the Kansas City metro area. As if this has never happened in the history of humanity? By the way, does Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (r) congressional district include Kansas City? We know it doesn’t include counties in Kansas.

Don’t more people have access to affordable health care? Just asking. That doesn’t appear to be a good thing to some people. They’d rather just provide a hot meal.