Health Reform

Health reform has not played such a dominant role in public debate and policymaking for nearly 20 years. While there is growing agreement that fundamental changes must be made given the growing costs of health care and the toll that takes on individuals and the economy, there is still wide disagreement on what meaningful reform should entail. KHI researchers and journalists monitor and report on health reform efforts at the state and federal levels.

Issue Brief: Insurance Marketplace Now Open—Plan and Cost Options for Kansans

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After more than three years of preparation and debate, the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act opened this week in Kansas for enrollment in coverage starting as early as Jan. 1. While the initial rollout is likely to experience technical challenges and limited online functionality, the plans available and the prices for coverage in the marketplace are described in this brief.

Policy and Research

Issue Brief: Kansas Marketplace Opens for Year Two

0 | Nov. 15, 2014 | Health Reform

The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas opened today. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.

Monthly Consumer Costs in the 2015 Kansas Marketplace

0 | Nov. 15, 2014 | Health Reform

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has produced several maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.

Fact Sheet: 57,013 Kansans Signed Up for Health Coverage in ACA’s First Year

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Health Reform

As the second open enrollment period approaches for the health insurance marketplaces created through the Affordable Care Act, the Kansas Health Institute has developed a fact sheet providing a look back at enrollment results from the first year.

Issue Brief: Health Reform Likely to Increase Demand on Mental Health System

1 | May. 30, 2014 | Research, Health Insurance, Health Reform, Press Releases

Recently released federal data show the Kansas mental health system could expect up to 7,700 new patients due to expansion of insurance coverage under ObamaCare. This influx of patients could create strain on the mental health system in some Kansas communities.

Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace: An Insider's Look

0 | Feb. 21, 2014 | Health Insurance, Health Reform

Join us in a discussion of early experiences with implementation of the ACA in Kansas The Marketplace and how it is structured and operating in Kansas.

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News

Kansas safety net clinics seek federal funding for new sites

0 | Nov. 25, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

At least six organizations in Kansas are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for grants to open new clinics.

HHS formally moves to close loophole allowing plans without hospital benefits

0 | Nov. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Under the new standard, companies with at least 50 workers “must provide substantial coverage of both inpatient hospital services and physician services” to meet the Affordable Care Act’s threshold for "minimum value” coverage.

National association honors Praeger

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Praeger, a moderate Republican who is retiring in January after three terms as insurance commissioner, has been an advocate for health reform despite opposition from others in her party.

Kansas consumers have more ACA enrollment options

0 | Nov. 17, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

With the start of new ACA open enrollment period, Kansans like Sherry Calderwood of Topeka are comparing costs of health insurance plans in the online marketplace.

As second open health enrollment begins, KC groups target the hard-to-reach

0 | Nov. 17, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

As the Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment period opens, for-profit and nonprofit groups are ramping up efforts to assist populations that have proven hard to reach.

New effort to tighten regulation of mental health drugs concerns advocates

0 | Nov. 24, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP, Mental Health

Kansas law currently bars state officials from placing restrictions on mental health drugs prescribed to Medicaid recipients. A legislative committee recommended repealing that law last week, saying the state needs to step in to prevent inappropriate uses of such drugs.

Kansas hospitals continue campaign for Medicaid expansion

0 | Nov. 20, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

A report released by the Kansas Hospital Association says the state stands to lose more than $2.2 billion in federal matching funds between 2016 and 2020.

KanCare MCOs announce their benefit-package subcontractors

0 | Aug. 28, 2012 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

KanCare's managed care companies each will use its own set of subcontractors to oversee dental, vision, pharmacy and transportation benefit packages.

Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems

1 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Budget, Legislature, KanCare

While the state already faces a projected $280 million revenue this budget year, an additional $40 million is needed to meet rising KanCare costs.

Denver company to open eating disorder facility in KC area

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The partial hospitalization program is expected to open in late December near Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam.

Kansas safety net clinics seek federal funding for new sites

0 | Nov. 25, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

At least six organizations in Kansas are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for grants to open new clinics.

Salina dentists rally to halt anti-fluoride momentum

10 | Nov. 03, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Child Health, Oral Health

Dozens of dentists in Salina rallied opposition to a ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city's water supply, and voters rejected the measure by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Meetings on support programs for Kansans with disabilities set for next week

3 | Nov. 07, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plans informational sessions in Wichita, Hays and Lawrence.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

4 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems

1 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Budget, Legislature, KanCare

While the state already faces a projected $280 million revenue this budget year, an additional $40 million is needed to meet rising KanCare costs.

Medicare termination looms at Osawatomie hospital

1 | Nov. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

A federal agency has sent notice that Medicare payments to overcrowded Osawatomie State Hospital will be terminated, but state officials say they will address concerns before the deadline and avoid that action.

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