Insurance Coverage

Webinar: Different data sources for insurance coverage reporting

0 | Health Insurance, Health Insurance

Later this week, two different sources will release annual insurance coverage numbers. Which is right? Which is best? KHI’s policy team helps you understand the differences in this webinar.

Policy and Research

Annual Report Describes Insurance Coverage in Kansas

0 | Jul. 07, 2014 | Health Insurance

The Kansas Health Institute has released its Annual Insurance Update, providing an in-depth look at insurance coverage in the Sunflower State. The report examines public and private insurance coverage using data from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS).

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.

Fact Sheet: Health Insurance Coverage in Kansas

0 | Dec. 10, 2013 | Health Insurance

Recent survey findings from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed a significant increase in health insurance coverage for young adults (age 19-25) in Kansas. Starting in 2010, the Affordable Care Act allowed young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26.

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

Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.

Report: More insurers to sell marketplace plans in Kansas, Missouri in 2015

0 | Sep. 23, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

The number of companies issuing health insurance policies in Kansas should climb from four to five, while in Missouri it should double to eight.

Immigration questions to drop 700 Kansans from ACA rolls

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Discrepancies in immigration status data will cause about 700 Kansans who enrolled in health insurance plans on the federal marketplace to lose their coverage at the end of the month.

Praeger favors Democrat to succeed her as insurance commissioner

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A veteran of three statewide campaigns, Sandy Praeger says her endorsement sends a potentially significant signal to voters trying to decide which candidate to support in the down-ballot race.

Poverty down, insured rate up nationally in 2013

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Insurance

In Kansas the uninsured rate dropped from 12.6 percent to 12.3 percent, but the smaller sample size has a margin of error of 0.4 percent, so the state's dip is not considered statistically significant.

Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.

Democrats call for special committee to vet KanCare contracting

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | Legislature, KanCare

A spokesperson for Gov. Sam Brownback says the process to select private companies to operate the $3 billion KanCare program was "open and fair."

KDADS awards $1M to south-central Kansas mental health coalition

0 | Sep. 24, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The coalition will provide services aimed at reducing the number of people with severe mental illnesses who are referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or end up in the state’s correctional system.

Panelist: Compact originator intent on Medicare privatization

0 | Sep. 30, 2014 | Health Reform

Legislators who passed a health care compact in Kansas said changes to Medicare were not the impetus, but a "Medicare coach" told a Johnson County crowd Tuesday that the originator of the multi-state compact favors privatizing the federally administered health care program for seniors.

Biz groups to co-sponsor insurance exchange forums

0 | Jul. 25, 2011 | Agencies, Health Reform, Insurance

Two of the state's leading business groups are joining with the Kansas Insurance Department to sponsor a series of forums about plans for a Kansas health insurance exchange.

Kentucky’s rush into Medicaid managed care: A cautionary tale for other states

0 | Jul. 18, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

Ever since Kentucky rapidly shifted patients from traditional Medicaid to private health plans that manage their care for a set price, problems have been widespread. Patients complain of being denied treatment or forced to travel long distances to find a doctor or hospital in their plan’s network. Advocates for the mentally ill argue the care system for them has deteriorated. And hospitals and doctors say health plans have denied or delayed payments.

Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

2 | Oct. 01, 2014 | Budget

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

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.

Health care compact rebuttal signed by 23 legislators

1 | Sep. 24, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform

The legislators' editorial counters an article critical of the compact written by members of the Johnson County Commission on Aging.

Medicare expert says compact not on radar in DC

1 | Sep. 22, 2014 | Congress, Legislature, Health Reform

A health care compact bill designed to get Kansas and other states out of federal health regulations is gaining attention here for its possible Medicare implications. But a national expert on Medicare says the compact, which needs Congressional approval, is "not even on the back burner" in Washington, D.C.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

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