New report claims Kansans save big with health reform

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WASHINGTON - Nearly nine months since the online Health Care Marketplace opened, a new U.S. government report says some people saved a lot of money - if they qualified for certain things.

The report from the Department of Health and Human Services was released early Wednesday. It indicates the key to saving money is to have an income low enough to qualify for tax credits.

The most popular health insurance coverage was the silver plan. An HHS statement notes with tax credits, people going silver in Kansas pay an average premium of $50 a month. But without those credits, the silver plan costs about $290 a month.

The tax credits are available for people whose incomes are as much as four times the federal poverty line. That can be around $94,000 for a family of four.

About 57,000 people across Kansas used the online marketplace to get covered.

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