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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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.

Scammers preying on public's confusion over health reform law

0 | Apr. 22, 2013 | Health Reform

Law enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in these sorts of health insurance scams across the country. Many of the fraudsters seem to be preying on the public’s confusion over the Affordable Care Act and the massive changes taking place in the nation’s health care system.

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).

Head DCF official in Wichita resigns abruptly

0 | Oct. 14, 2013 | DCF, Legislature

The head of the Wichita regional office for the Kansas Department for Children and Families has resigned effective Friday. Meanwhile, the agency continues to investigate complaints about the handling of some Wichita child welfare cases.

The brain behind the Brownback tax cuts

0 | Aug. 14, 2012 | Advocacy, Budget

The controversial tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback were helped along — or at least were certified a good idea — by economist Arthur Laffer, the 72-year-old namesake of the Laffer Curve, which he supposedly sketched on a napkin to illustrate a theory during a lunch in 1974 with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, then aides to President Richard Nixon. Laffer has been active in pushing tax cuts in at least three states this year.

Nurse faces felony count for alleged abuse of nursing home resident

0 | May. 19, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

The Butler County Attorney announced today that his office has filed one felony count against a worker suspected of abusing an Andover nursing home resident in September of 2013. The nurse is scheduled to appear in court June 16.

Kansas officials investigate complaints about Wichita child welfare group

1 | Oct. 03, 2013 | DCF, Legislature

State officials say they are investigating a faith-based group’s role in some child welfare cases after a Wichita legislator raised concerns that the organization might be undercutting efforts to reunite some of the children with their parents.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Food stamp work requirements complicate Farm Bill passage

6 | Jul. 08, 2013 | Nutrition, Safety Net

Kansas policymakers seem to be at the forefront of a controversial national movement to make it more difficult for people to qualify for a federal program that helps more than 46 million low-income Americans — including more than 300,000 Kansans — buy groceries.

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