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

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.

New Estimate of Kansas Uninsured Rate is 12.6 percent

0 | Sep. 20, 2013 | Health Insurance

For the second time in less than a week, the U.S. Census Bureau has released estimates on insurance coverage in Kansas. Thursday's release from the American Community Survey (ACS) indicated that 356,000 people in Kansas did not have insurance in 2012, which results in an uninsured rate of 12.6 percent. These estimates were essentially unchanged from 2011.

Kansas Uninsured Rate Unchanged at 13.1 percent

0 | Sep. 18, 2013 | Health Insurance

U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday showed that the Kansas uninsured rate remained unchanged at 13.1 percent. This means that approximately 369,000 Kansans were uninsured in 2011/2012. Of that number, approximately 60,000 were uninsured Kansas children.

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News

Brownback signs controversial health care compact bill

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that might make it possible for Kansas to join a compact of states that want the power to run Medicare and Medicaid within their borders. The new law also creates the possibility that the compact states could circumvent several key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Social service caseload estimates revised

0 | Apr. 22, 2014 | Legislature, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State budget analysts revised their estimates of Kansas' costs for social services in the current and coming fiscal years. Though overall spending on Medicaid and related programs, including federal aid, is expected to increase, projected State General Fund expenses were revised downward by more than $30 million over two years.

Report: Medicaid expansion would boost Kansas economy

0 | Apr. 22, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth concludes that Medicaid expansion would be a boon to the Kansas economy and be particularly helpful in rural areas where higher percentages of workers lack good health coverage.

Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

1 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

Governor signs 19 bills into law

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Courts, Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback signed 19 bills into law Friday, including measures dealing with medical malpractice and prompt payment of Medicaid claims by managed care companies. He also signed a controversial law that will strip the Kansas Supreme Court of its authority to appoint chief administrative judges in the state's judicial districts.

Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

1 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

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.

Report: Medicaid expansion would boost Kansas economy

0 | Apr. 22, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth concludes that Medicaid expansion would be a boon to the Kansas economy and be particularly helpful in rural areas where higher percentages of workers lack good health coverage.

KanHIT Advisory Council urged to craft 'secondary data use' policy

0 | Feb. 18, 2014 | HIE-HIT

Members of a new advisory council for the state's health information exchange said it was urgent to start work on policies to ensure the privacy of patient information and to determine who will have access to the data generated by the digital exchange.

Kansas AG reports tobacco settlement money tops projections

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Children, Legislature, Tobacco

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the receipt of $62.2 million from the tobacco master settlement agreement, which is about $7 million more than first projected as payment to the state for 2013. Children's advocates say the extra money should be used to fund children's programs.

Kansas' black infant death rate worst in the country

0 | Apr. 18, 2011 | Child Health, Health Disparities

Five Kansas zip codes in Wichita, Kansas City and Topeka account for a third of black infant deaths. Pastors and others struggle with the consequences and look for ways to solve the problem.

Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

1 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

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.

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