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Jan. 31, 2013
The Kansas Health Institute conducted a study about how Kansans perceive the health care system and the Affordable Care Act. The study produced two briefs, Kansans Share Thoughts on Health Care System and What Do Kansans Know about Health Reform?
Kansans Share Thoughts on Health Care System summarizes what Kansans had to say about the current state of health care and the improvements they would like to see. What Do Kansans Know about Health Reform? illustrates Kansans’ knowledge of the Affordable Care Act and examines the health reform resources they find most trustworthy. Detailed methodology is also available.
Key findings of the survey and focus groups include:
• Kansans with private health insurance coverage generally are happy with that coverage.
• The majority of Kansans believe that the health care costs of the uninsured are passed on to those who have health insurance.
• Half of Kansans dislike the Affordable Care Act, with Republicans more likely than Democrats to have a negative opinion of the health reform law.
• More than half of Kansans disagree with the concept of an individual mandate, which is the requirement that all citizens have health insurance.
The project was funded in part by the Kansas Insurance Department and the Affordable Care Act Opportunity Fund through the Topeka Community Foundation.