About half of Kansans who signed up for healthcare are new insurance exchange enrollees

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More than half of Kansans who signed up for the federally run insurance exchange this year are new enrollees.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 52 percent of about 96,000 people who signed up through the exchange in Kansas were new customers, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The department says the number of Kansans who re-enrolled in the program was split between people who returned to the exchange after looking at other plans, and those who automatically re-enrolled without shopping around.

About 60 percent of Kansans who shopped around chose a different plan than the one they had in 2014.

According to the department’s acting assistant secretary for public affairs, price was a significant motivator for people who switched plans nationwide. Making sure certain doctors are in their insurance network was a factor as well.