President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the provisions of the law in 2012. The law will roll out over the next four years beginning in Fall 2013. It is intended to greatly expand health care coverage for all Americans.

K-State Research and Extension is an objective provider of information to help citizens in Kansas and beyond to understand how this Act affects and benefits them. Through this website and other resources, K-State Research and Extension shares information related to employer coverage, public programs, and health insurance exchanges.

Specifically, K-State Research and Extension aims to

1) increase understanding of the Affordable Care Act among Kansas citizens;

2) provide information so that consumers can make informed personal decisions; and

3) cooperate with Kansas groups who have an interest in providing education about the Affordable Care Act.


Key findings

* More than 1 in 8 Kansans (13.1 percent) are uninsured

* Health reform is intended to address excessive costs, inconsistent quality, and inadequate access to health insurance.

* Most of the nation’s 47.9 million uninsured have low or moderate incomes. More than 3 in 4 are in a working family. 

* Medical bills are a burden for the uninsured and frequently leave them with debt. Also, the risk of premature death among uninsured Americans is 25% higher than among Americans with health insurance.

* Medicaid and CHIP provide a key source of coverage for many who lack access to affordable coverage.

* About 25 percent of uninsured adults go without needed care due to cost compared to 4 percent of those with private insurance.

* A 2010 health reform provision has decreased the rate of uninsured young adults in the U.S. and Kansas, according to the Kansas Health Institute.

Health Insurance Marketplace Timeline

February 2013
Kansas decided to pursue a federally run Health Insurance Marketplace.
Now – October 2013
The federal government will set up the Health Insurance Marketplace.
October 1, 2013
Kansas residents are able to begin enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace on their own or with assistance from navigators.
January 1, 2014
Health care coverage begins for those who enrolled.


Roberta Riportella
Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health, K-State Research and Extension