Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City dropping out of Affordable Care Act

11 months 4 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, May 25 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 2:56:00 PM CDT May 25, 2017 in News
By: Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it will withdraw from the Affordable Care Act starting in 2018. 

The move is expected to affect nearly 70,000 customers in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. It does not affect people in the Columbia area, but will affect Blue Cross and Blue Shield customers in Pettis, Saline, and Benton counties.

Christy Stretz, a Federal Insurance Navigator for the Access Project, said this is a product of there being large uncertainty in the market. 

"I think the uncertainty with the law certainly gives insurance companies a little uneasiness and don't know exactly what is coming," Stretz said. 

Stretz said insurance companies must have their rates out by July and until the rates are out, there is no saying whether more companies will stay in the ACA exchange or pull out.

She stressed it is important people know the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. Stretz said some people become confused because of the law Congressional Republicans are trying to pass to repeal and replace the ACA. 

Stretz said the new health care bill, which was passed by the House and is currently being looked at in the Senate, makes things complicated. 

"People that are covered now, I encourage them to get out and use their insurance," Stretz said. 

She said it is important for people to remember the rug cannot be pulled out from under them right away because insurance is a contract. Companies must cover customers through the end of the year. 

Open enrollment for health insurance is shorter this year, lasting about six weeks from November 1st through December 15th. 

Stretz said she encourages people to do research once companies put out their plans and rates on what is available in Missouri and plan accordingly. 

The rising cost of health insurance through the ACA is one of the reasons Blue Cross and Blue Shield cited for dropping out of the exchange. 

Stretz points to customers with preexisting conditions having to be covered under the ACA as one reason insurance prices are going up. 

"It stands to reason that you have a pool of pretty sick people, so that is going to drive rates up," Stretz said. 

Missouri not taking the Medicare expansion also raises rates, and Stretz said a lot of people fall in the Medicaid gap in Missouri. 

Stretz said it comes down to a choice. 

"I guess it is a philosophy, what is more important to you or to the voters and to our representatives and congressmen, what is more important to them the bottom dollar or people's health," Stretz said. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Thornbrook neighborhood was without water and electricity for almost two hours on Friday. Columbia Water and... More >>
20 minutes ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 5:36:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Four vehicle crashes have occurred this week along State Road F in west of Fulton in Callaway... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 4:12:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After serving eight years in the United States Air Force, the passion of this veteran for sky travel... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In another day of political theater, the special House committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens heard new testimony... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Organizers are expecting a large turnout for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans" airshow on Memorial Day weekend. ... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- When most people lose an animal, one of the first steps is to put a "missing" sign on a... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:46:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Aircraft and pilots met at Columbia Regional Airport Friday to prepare for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans"... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:45:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A high-speed car chase ended Sunday when the suspect slid into a ditch, according to a press release... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- It's no secret more cars will out for Memorial Day weekend, but many drivers are taking precautions before... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than five hundred Missourians have lost their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department of... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 1:48:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
HARRISONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Missouri boy fought off an attempted abduction by hitting the suspect... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash on I-70 Westbound. It caused major backups... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council discussed a recent engineering study today centering on increasing traffic flow east of Columbia.... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:11:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging people to practice safe boating ahead of Memorial Day weekend.... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:55:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - After two months without a police department, New Bloomfield finally has one thanks to the city of... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:50:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after Athletic Director Jim... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:54:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in Sports
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
6pm 81°
7pm 80°
8pm 79°
9pm 75°