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 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.

Issue Brief: Nearly 182,000 Kansans in the ‘Eligibility Gap’

0 | Feb. 11, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 aims to increase the number of people with health insurance by expanding both private and public coverage. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the law will reduce the number of uninsured Americans under age 65 by approximately 27 million by the year 2017. However, in Kansas, approximately 182,000 people fall into an eligibility gap, and 78,400 of them currently do not have health insurance. Nearly half of Kansans in the gap are also employed.

Video: KHI's St. Peter on the economic outlook for the healthcare industry

0 | Dec. 05, 2013 | Health Reform

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University invited Robert St. Peter — president and CEO of the Kansas Health Institute — to present at its annual conference on the economic outlook for the healthcare industry.

KHI's St. Peter explains elements of ACA on NPR

0 | Dec. 04, 2013 | Health Reform

NPR recently interviewed KHI President and CEO Robert St. Peter for stories airing this week on the Affordable Care Act. As he explains, under the new federal health reform law, insurers can only set prices for an individual’s insurance based on three things: age and smoking, and where you live.

Monthly Consumer Costs In the Kansas Marketplace

0 | Nov. 12, 2013 | Health Reform, Health Insurance

As of October 1, 2013, there are many new options for Kansans to consider when purchasing health insurance. This report provides information detailing the cost of various health insurance plans available by premium rating areas across the state.

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News

Obama criticizes Republicans while announcing 8 million enrolled in health insurance

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Congress, Health Reform

Enrollment in private health insurance on federal and state marketplaces has surged in recent weeks and now totals 8 million, a feisty President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Governor urged to veto health care compact bill

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Representatives of AARP and Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that seeks to give states control of Medicare and Medicaid.

Sebelius resigns; Obama names OMB chief Burwell to head HHS

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Government, Agencies, Health Reform, Outside Source

After a five-year tenure that included the flawed rollout of the health care law and stormy relations with Capitol Hill Republicans, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, a White House official said late Thursday.

Prominent Kansas insurance agent sanctioned for misrepresenting ACA

0 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Agencies, Health Reform, Insurance

In a move that may be unprecedented simply because of the subject matter involved, the Kansas Insurance Department has fined a prominent insurance agent $1,000 for publishing false and misleading information about the Affordable Care Act.

Health care compact, damage cap bills among those sent to governor

0 | Apr. 07, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

A bill authorizing Kansas to join other states in an attempt to gain control of federal health care dollars was among several health-related measures approved by the Legislature before it adjourned Sunday.

Memorial service scheduled for longest-serving Kansas Cabinet secretary

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Advocacy, Agencies

Robert Harder, the longest-serving Cabinet secretary in Kansas history, died Saturday. He was 84. Harder served five governors - three Republicans and two Democrats - while overseeing the state welfare department and later the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. In his later years he continued to advocate for the poor and disabled as a volunteer.

Brownback signs law expanding autism coverage

0 | Apr. 16, 2014 | Child Health, Legislature, Insurance

Gov. Sam Brownback signed into a law a measure that is expected to make insurance coverage for autism services available to about 750 Kansas children over the next two to three years.

NIH director talks about one and done at KU — for flu shots

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | KU Medical Center

The annual flu vaccine could be a thing of the past by the end of the decade, the director of the National Institutes of Health said during a visit to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Brownback job-training initiative draws praise

0 | Apr. 07, 2014 | Legislature, Workforce, Social Determinants of Health

Ashley Gaeddert is a senior at Newton High School who, like hundreds of others across the state, is getting a head start on a career in medicine thanks to a new state training program.

Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.

Larned State Hospital 100th anniversary celebrated

0 | Apr. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Hospitals, Mental Health

State officials celebrated the 100th anniversary of the state's largest psychiatric hospital.

Study: E-cigarettes don't aid quitting

1 | Mar. 25, 2014 | Tobacco

A study published in a medical journal found e-cigarettes did not help people quit smoking regular cigarettes and six U.S. senators called for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the nicotine devices.

E-cigarette use by young more than doubled in one year

1 | Sep. 05, 2013 | Advocacy, Tobacco

The use of e-cigarettes by young people doubled between 2011 and 2012, according to a report released today by the federal government.

Number of Kansas children in foster care continues to grow

4 | Aug. 12, 2013 | Children, DCF

Over the last two years, near-record numbers of children have entered the state’s foster care system. At the same time, fewer children have exited and the number of adoptions involving children in state custody has fallen to a six-year low. State officials say the economy and drug abuse are behind the increase. But children's advocates point to declining services for needy families.

Kansas Medicaid enrollment continues to climb

1 | Apr. 04, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from federal officials shows that Medicaid enrollment in Kansas continues to climb. State officials said they attribute the increase to greater awareness of the program due to the Affordable Care Act and the recent promotions of the health insurance marketplace.

MoveOn.org poll shows most Kansans support Medicaid expansion

1 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Medicaid-CHIP

Poll results released today indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue could be a factor in the Kansas governor’s race. The poll, done last week for MoveOn.org Political Action, a left-leaning group dedicated to “progressive change,” showed that 52 percent of Kansans favored expanding the health care program to more low-income adults. But a spokesman for Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election said the poll results were dubious and intended to favor Democrat opponent Paul Davis.

Big Tent Coalition complains of waiting list and KanCare problems

2 | Mar. 20, 2014 | Advocacy, KanCare

Advocates for the physically and mentally disabled today accused the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services of enacting policies aimed at restricting access to state’s Medicaid-funded in-home services. But KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said the complaints were based on misconstrued numbers and that the agency is having trouble contacting the people on its waiting list for services.

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