Many questions as Obamacare exchanges go into effect - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Many questions as Obamacare exchanges go into effect

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Starting Tuesday, Americans can explore healthcare insurance options under the exchanges or Healthcare Marketplace.

But many unanswered questions have some hesitating. There are also strikingly different options in Kansas than Missouri.

Jeremy Flowers wants to know more before exploring his options under the Affordable Care Act.

"In this case, I would wait and see because you never know what you're going to get these days," Flowers said.

The plans are significantly more expensive in Missouri than Kansas in part because of the urban populations in Kansas City and St. Louis. The health plans will range from $127 to $187 a month in Kansas while the costs are an estimated $150 to $222 in Missouri.

Those 55 or older will pay more than younger Americans.

Wayne Powell, chief of staff for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, said Missouri and Kansas have population differences as well as other factors.

"There are different taxes that are applied. There are different levels of minimum benefits that are offered. And then, of course, there are variances in our current health status from one state to the next," Powell said. "They are very different states with very different types of populations with very different utilization of healthcare services."

Kansas has more providers offering plans through the exchanges than Missouri, which also helps lower the costs.

Powell said making your healthcare decision should be about more than just the cost of the premiums.

"We need to be a lot smarter about buying insurance products and thinking about what the cost of going to the doctor will be, what the cost of buying prescriptions will be," he said.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:02:22 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:04 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:04:48 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    Full Story >

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    Full Story >
  • Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed

    Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:42:26 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:03:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    Full Story >

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    Full Story >
  • Are Harry Black's days as Cincinnati city manager numbered?

    Are Harry Black's days as Cincinnati city manager numbered?

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:01 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:01:57 GMT
    Cincinnati city manager Harry Black attends a special meeting of city council at City Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Cincinnati city manager Harry Black attends a special meeting of city council at City Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Cincinnati city manager Harry Black attends a special meeting of city council at City Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Cincinnati city manager Harry Black attends a special meeting of city council at City Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Harry Black's days as Cincinnati's city manager could be numbered -- five council members now say they'll vote for him to be fired if he doesn't resign.

    Full Story >

    Harry Black's days as Cincinnati's city manager could be numbered -- five council members now say they'll vote for him to be fired if he doesn't resign.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly