Medicaid-CHIP

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program provide health insurance for thousands of low-income Kansans. These programs account for the second largest proportion of state spending besides K-12 education and are among the fastest growing programs in the state budget. KHI analyzes these programs to assist policymakers in constructing the most effective programs for these vulnerable populations.

KanCare reimbursement problems continue for providers

Special legislative oversight committee gets update on efforts to solve ongoing problems with state’s Medicaid managed care program

0 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

Nearly a year after the state’s transition to a Medicaid managed care program, hospitals and other providers continue to report problems.

Policy and Research

Issue Brief: Currently Eligible Adults in Medicaid: The Few Who Qualify

0 | Apr. 10, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

It is a common misconception that all poor Kansans are eligible for Medicaid. In reality, only a few are actually eligible. To inform the discussion KHI has released a new issue brief (link) that examines in detail who is—and who is not—currently eligible for the combined Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 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.

Medicaid Expansion: Is it worth it?

0 | Jan. 24, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Health Institute hosted an event for Kansas legislators and other key stakeholders on Medicaid Expansion. Our guest speaker was Kate Baicker, a national authority on the consideration of Medicaid expansion.

Kansas Medicaid: Beyond the Basics supplement

0 | Jan. 21, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

This supplemental guide to our Medicaid Primer provides an in-depth look at six key issues as they relate to the federal/state health insurance program for low-income Kansans: 1) KanCare, 2) The Affordable Care Act, 3) Medicaid Providers and Reimbursements, 4) Home- and Community-Based Services, 5) The Health Care Safety Net, and 6) Pharmacy Benefits.

Kansas Medicaid: A Primer

0 | Jan. 12, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

Medicaid is a publicly financed source of health insurance and long-term care coverage for certain eligible population groups. It is the second-largest source of health coverage in the nation, following employment-based coverage.

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News

White House study: Kansas losing money, jobs without Medicaid expansion

0 | Jul. 18, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

The state is missing out on $820 million over the next three years by choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

KDHE responds to CMS enrollment concerns

0 | Jul. 15, 2014 | KDHE, Medicaid-CHIP

CMS officials last month directed officials in six states, including Kansas, to submit plans for correcting delays in determining eligibility in their respective Medicaid programs.

Feds ask Kansas for plans to fix Medicaid delay issues

0 | Jul. 10, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

A KDHE spokesperson says the CMS concerns have more to do with the state and federal government computer systems not sharing information with each other.

Surprise halt to health homes program dismays Medicaid providers

0 | Jul. 01, 2014 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

Kansas Medicaid providers with expansion plans ready to go after spending months and thousands of dollars preparing for the state’s new health homes initiative said they were “shocked” and “disappointed” that state officials abruptly chose to indefinitely delay much of the program’s implementation while giving the providers less than 24 hours' notice of the state’s decision to change course.

Where KanCare meets Obamacare

0 | Jun. 30, 2014 | Health Reform, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback once called Obamacare “an abomination,” and with the federal health reform law now four years on the books bad-mouthing it has become a conservative Republican ritual. But this week, after more than a year of planning and preparation by Kansas and federal officials, the Affordable Care Act and Brownback’s own KanCare initiative begin coming together in ways that will make the two programs indistinguishable to thousands of Kansas Medicaid beneficiaries.

HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

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

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

Five seek GOP nomination for insurance commissioner

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform, Insurance

In advance of the Aug. 5 primary, learn more about the candidates who hope to succeed Sandy Praeger as the state's insurance commissioner.

Gossage would limit state’s role with ACA

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

If elected, Gossage says she will encourage insured and uninsured Kansans to meet with an independent agent before they explore their options in the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace.

KU doctors say plan for transplant waits would make local patients sicker

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Health Disparities

Change is coming to the way donated livers are allocated in the United States, and Richard Gilroy, a hepatologist and medical director of transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital, said that's not good news for those on waiting lists in Kansas and Missouri.

New Missouri law pays dividends for KC clinic

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

Safety net clinics like Kansas City CARE are adapting from serving uninsured patients to those who recently acquired coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Powell touts years of work as insurance agent

1 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Powell sees a competitive insurance market as part of what he calls a “three-legged stool,” along with Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and a renewed emphasis on vocational education, to help Kansas attract new businesses.

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.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Jul. 16, 2014 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

Number of children in foster care hits record high

2 | Jun. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF, Mental Health

In April, there were 6,156 children in the state's foster care system. That’s 356 more children than in April 2013, and 872 more than two years earlier.

National report: Midlevel dental providers expand access to care

1 | Jul. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Oral Health

The report examined the experiences of two public nonprofits with dental therapists - one in Alaska and another in Minnesota - and a telehealth project in California.

Web-based tool helps match foster children, families

1 | Jun. 26, 2014 | Children, DCF, Health Care Delivery

The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

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