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

Kansas Report Released: Early Days of Health Reform Implementation, National Study

0 | Dec. 18, 2014 | Health Reform

With the 2014 elections behind us and newly-elected officials about to be sworn in, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) released a report chronicling the early days of health reform implementation in Kansas and how the decisions of the state’s key players at the time shaped the response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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.

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News

Nearly 2.5 million consumers have selected health plans on federal marketplace

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

Just over half of those individuals who have selected plans since the health law’s second open enrollment season began are returning customers.

Small businesses drop coverage as health law offers alternatives

0 | Dec. 15, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Companies with fewer than 50 workers provide medical coverage to roughly 20 million people. Unlike larger employers, they have no obligation under the health law to offer a plan.

ACA plays a role in Brownback budget fix

0 | Dec. 11, 2014 | Budget, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Among the short-term budget fixes announced by Gov. Sam Brownback this week is a $55 million sweep from a Medicaid drug rebate program that is made possible in part by the federal Affordable Care Act.

HHS announces $36M in ACA funds for quality improvement at health centers

0 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Health Reform

Fifteen health centers in Kansas will receive a total of more than $340,000 in quality improvement awards.

Obamacare creates boom for federal contractors

0 | Dec. 08, 2014 | Government, Health Reform

Politics are frozen. Budgets are tight. But business purchases by the Department of Health and Human Services have doubled to $21 billion annually in the last decade and are expected to continue rising.

KU Hospital gala to feature Hootie and the Blowfish

0 | Aug. 07, 2007 | Imported

KANSAS CITY, KAN., Aug. 7 - Grammy Award winning blues-rock band Hootie and the Blowfish will headline the sixth annual event to benefit the University of Kansas Hospital's cancer program.

SRS official predicts Rainbow will reopen with 50 beds

0 | Apr. 04, 2012 | SRS, Legislature, Hospitals, Mental Health

The state welfare official who oversees the state hospitals said Rainbow Mental Health Facility would resume full operations in about a year. And he predicted it would have restored capacity for 50 patients.

Governor selects Mosier for permanent KDHE post

0 | Dec. 19, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare

Susan Mosier, an ophthalmologist and former Republican legislator, also has been serving as head of the Kansas Medicaid program and KDHE's Division of Health Care Finance.

ACA plays a role in Brownback budget fix

0 | Dec. 11, 2014 | Budget, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Among the short-term budget fixes announced by Gov. Sam Brownback this week is a $55 million sweep from a Medicaid drug rebate program that is made possible in part by the federal Affordable Care Act.

Kansas hospitals want to hit ‘reset’ button on Medicaid expansion debate

0 | Dec. 23, 2013 | Advocacy, Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Hospital Association has hired former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to help craft a Medicaid expansion plan that Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislators might support.

Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes

7 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Medicaid services at issue are provided under agreements with the federal government known as waivers that allow states to use alternative methods to pay for or deliver health care services.

Campaign announced to exempt food from Kansas sales tax

2 | Dec. 18, 2014 | Foundations, Legislature, Health Disparities, Nutrition

Kansas is one of only 14 states that levies a sales tax on food. And its 6.15 percent per dollar is the second highest in the nation, trailing only Mississippi’s 7 percent rate.

Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes

7 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Medicaid services at issue are provided under agreements with the federal government known as waivers that allow states to use alternative methods to pay for or deliver health care services.

KDADS finds contacting Kansans on waiting list for disability services a challenge

1 | Dec. 19, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett said during 2014 the agency had offered so-called waiver services to 1,627 people with physical disabilities on its waiting list.

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.

KDADS suspends voluntary admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital

3 | Dec. 03, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The decision, according to a memo sent to the state’s 26 community mental health centers late Tuesday afternoon, was driven by “ongoing and critical census challenges” at the state hospital.

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.

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