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More than quarter million Kansans to be eligible for health tax credits

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 7:53 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 11:05 a.m.

Nearly 255,000 Kansans will be eligible for health insurance premium tax credits in 2014, according to a recent report by Families USA, a national non-profit health consumer organization based in Washington, D.C.

The report included county by county data to show how families in different income brackets will be eligible for the credits on the new online marketplaces, which are a part of the Affordable Care Act and will take effect in January.

Open enrollment for the marketplaces is slated to take place in January. Kansas has opted for a federally-run marketplace.

Data for the report was provided by The Lewin Group, a consulting firm.

In Kansas, people with annual incomes between $47,100 and $94,200 for a family of four – or 200 to 400 percent of the federal poverty level – will make up about 54 percent of Kansans eligible for the credits, according to the report.

Broken down by ethnicity, 75 percent of eligible Kansans will be white and non-Hispanic, 5 percent will be black and non-Hispanic and 14 percent will be Hispanic.

The report also states that in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick Counties, there will be about 53,100 people eligible for the credits.

Additionally, 91.3 percent of those eligible are employed and 35.8 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.

For more information, visit www.familiesusa.org.

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