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For the upcoming year, the number of health plans available on the Kansas marketplace has decreased due to several factors. Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company has decided not to offer any plans in Kansas for 2024, leaving only eight insurers offering expanded bronze, silver, and gold plans. In contrast, Aetna Life Insurance Company is new to the marketplace and will be offering only nine plans across 19 counties.

Despite the variety of options available, there are no platinum plans being offered to individuals on the Kansas marketplace for the seventh year in a row. Additionally, all plans offered are exclusive provider organization (EPO) plans, meaning they cover services provided in-network by a “narrow network” of providers unless in an emergency situation.

Dental coverage is considered an essential health benefit for children enrolled in an ACA-compliant health plan in Kansas and is included in the premium cost. However, for adults, dental coverage is not considered an essential health benefit and is not included in the premium cost. Some insurers offer policies that combine health and dental coverage for adults where the premium covers both policies and Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC) can be applied. Alternatively, adults can opt to purchase a stand-alone dental plan but must also be enrolled in an ACA-compliant health plan. In this case, individuals would be responsible for two separate premiums for health and dental coverage, and APTC cannot be applied to stand-alone dental plan premiums. For 2024, there are a total of 15 stand-alone dental plans available from five insurers in Kansas.

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