New Data Show Major Improvements In Health Care Access, Affordability, And Quality In Kansas Under The Affordable Care Act

Kansas Families Saved $3,000 From Slower Growth In Employer Premiums Since 2010

New studies released this week show Kansans are experiencing slower growth in health care premiums, increased access to coverage, and higher quality of care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • More Affordable: The average premium for families with employer-sponsored health plans grew just 3.4 percent in 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust survey, extending a period of unusually slow growth since 2010. The White House Council of Economic Advisers calculates that the average family premium in Kansas was $3,000 lower in 2015 than if premiums had grown at the same rate as the pre-ACA decade.
  • Greater Access: Only 9.1 percent of people in Kansas went uninsured in 2015, new Census data show, down from 13.9 percent in 2010. That dramatic drop means 137,000 more Kansans had coverage in 2015.
  • Better Quality: Hospital readmissions for Kansas Medicare beneficiaries dropped 9.8 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2015, that drop translates into 1,361 times Kansas Medicare beneficiaries avoided an unnecessary return to the hospital.

"Affordability, access, and quality are how we measure success in the health care system," said Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. "This week's data show Kansas is making progress on all three under the Affordable Care Act."