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Two more health insurance companies plan to enter Kansas market

Kansans might be able to choose health insurance plans from two more companies next year.

Medica, a Minnesota-based insurance company, and Coventry both filed paperwork with the Kansas Insurance Department that would allow them to offer plans in 2017.

This would mean a return to the exchange market on HealthCare.gov for Coventry, which dropped out for 2016 coverage.

HealthCare.gov is the federal health insurance exchange created through the Affordable Care Act.

Coventry already offered plans off the exchange in Kansas.

Medica would be new to Kansas. It currently offers plans in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Medica would be new to Kansas. It currently offers plans in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Medica said in a news release that it will offer individual and family plans on and off the exchange.

The addition of the two companies comes after an announcement last month that another company would bow out of the Kansas individual market.

United Healthcare said it would discontinue individual plans — on and off the exchange in Kansas — at the end of the year. United quickly came and left the Kansas exchange, offering exchange plans for the first time this year.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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