The Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a service that helps people shop for and enroll in health insurance. If you do not have an offer of health insurance from an employer, financial assistance may be available for you in the Marketplace — dependent on your household size and income. Explore available plans and rates for your area by visiting healthcare.gov.
If you need health insurance or you need to renew existing coverage, Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is in the fall each year from November 1 through December 15. Cover Kansas Certified Application Counselors (CAC’s) can provide free, in-person assistance. Find a CAC by calling 2-1-1 or visiting coverks.org.
You will be asked to provide basic information about your family and household in order to enroll. Be sure to gather this information before you apply. If you are renewing your coverage, notify the Marketplace if your household income or number of dependents has changed. These changes may adjust your tax credit.
Certified Assistance Counselors (CAC’s) Provide Assistance Year-Round
Cover Kansas Certified Application Counselors are trained, unbiased and located within trusted organizations in many communities. CAC’s can assist with the online application and help you compare plans to find the best fit for you. CAC assistance is not required to participate in the Marketplace; however, they are available to answer questions year-round. To find a Certified Application Counselor in Kansas, visit coverks.org or call 2-1-1.
Fact Sheets & Brochures
- Health Insurance How-To (PDF)
- Seguro de Salud – Qué Hacer (PDF)
- Do You Need Health Insurance? (PDF)
- ¿Necesita Seguro de Salud? (PDF)
- Have Life Changes Affected Your Health Insurance Needs? (PDF)
- ¿Los Cambios en su Vida Han Afectado Sus Necesidades de Seguro Médico? (PDF)
For Kansas specific information, visit coverks.org. For detailed information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its key provisions, visit the federal government’s website at healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).
How to Request Accessible Communications
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides free auxiliary aids and services including information in accessible formats like Braille, large print, data/audio files, relay services and TTY communications. To request Medicare or Marketplace information in an accessible format:
- Call 800-318-2596 or TTY: 855-889-4325 OR
- Send your name, phone number, type of information needed (if known), and mailing address via email to email@example.com, OR fax 844-530-3676, OR send a letter to the following address:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Offices of Hearings and Inquiries (OHI)
7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S1-13-25
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Attn: Customer Accessibility Resource Staff
Partial funding for the Certified Application Counselor program is provided by the Kansas Health Foundation and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.