Policy & Research

We believe that a broad approach is needed to improve the health of Kansans. To make sound decisions that optimize health, policymakers must understand how our health is influenced by a wide range of factors. Among these are the lifestyle choices we make, our socioeconomic status, our cultural diversity, the quality of our communities and schools and the financing, organization and effectiveness of our public health and health care systems.

KHI helps policymakers understand the linkages between these factors and the health of Kansans in several ways. We conduct research; provide policy analysis; convene conversations; and sponsor educational forums. This section highlights our recent work and our commitment to encouraging a comprehensive approach to health policy.

Featured Reports

Monthly Consumer Costs In the Kansas Marketplace

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.

Fact Sheet: Kansas FY2014 Budget Includes Lower Revenue, Spending


The annual budget is the most visible reflection of the policy priorities of the governor and the Legislature. This fact sheet summarizes the budget decisions made by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature for fiscal year 2014.

Issue Brief: KanCare—MCO Contracts Aim to Achieve Savings and Quality Improvement


This issue brief examines the financial structure for KanCare MCOs, including contract provisions that aim to maintain access to quality services while saving money.

Kansas Health Institute Team Member Elected President of International Health Impact Assessment Association

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

SOPHIA is an international association of individuals and organizations that provides leadership in the practice of health impact assessments. The organization serves 370 members spanning 14 countries.

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).

Expansion of Liquor Licenses to Grocery and Convenience Stores Could Increase Drinking in Youth

0 | Jun. 19, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

KHI releases second statewide health impact assessment (HIA). This study examines the potential positive and negative health effects of proposed legislation that expands liquor licenses to grocery and convenience stores in Kansas.

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 Groups Partner to Celebrate World Immunization Week

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Community Health, Immunizations, Press Releases

In celebration of World Immunization Week, Immunize Kansas Kids and Kansas Health Matters join efforts to inform communities about best practices for immunizations in Kansas.

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.

2014 County Health Rankings

0 | Mar. 26, 2014 | Research, Community Health, Press Releases, Rankings-Indicators

With the release of the 2014 County Health Rankings, Kansas counties can see how they compare with their neighbors so they can identify where they do well and where they can improve.

Multiple media outlets cover KHI's health impact assessment work

0 | Mar. 21, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

Kansas Health Institute policy experts were cited in newspaper and television news reports for stories about health impact assessments influencing changes for Wichita bus system.

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The Next Frontier: Insurance Marketplaces That Promote Quality Improvement

Aug. 21, 2014

In 2014, most state-run health insurance marketplaces focused on the technical challenges of enrolling millions of people in new coverage. While this will continue to be a challenge this year, ongoing operational improvements will allow marketplaces to better focus on encouraging the delivery of better, more cost-effective care.

Arkansas: A Leading Laboratory for Health Care Payment and Delivery System Reform

Aug. 19, 2014

In crafting their health care payment and delivery system reform strategies, states can learn from early innovators. This issue brief focuses on one such state: Arkansas.

After Halbig: Considerations for States Revisiting the Option to Establish a State-Based Marketplace

Aug. 14, 2014

Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not authorize premium subsidies for low- and middle-income consumers who purchase health coverage through one of the law’s federally run insurance marketplaces.

Small Primary Care Physician Practices Have Low Rates of Preventable Hospital Admissions

Aug. 13, 2014

This Commonwealth Fund–supported study finds that practices with one or two physicians had 33 percent fewer preventable hospital admissions than practices with 10 to 19 physicians, and practices with three to nine physicians had 27 percent fewer admissions.

Toward Increased Adoption of Complex Care Management

Aug. 7, 2014

In a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective, the authors discuss barriers to adoption of a complex care management approach and ways to manage them.

Strengthening Health Systems Important For Effective Ebola, Future Disease Response, Opinion Pieces Say

Aug. 20, 2014

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including strengthening the health systems in affected countries. SciDev.Net: Ebola response: The real measure of success Anita Makri, opinion and special features editor at SciDev.Net “…Médecins Sans Frontières has warned that the current outbreak will last at least six more months. OurMore

Liberia Locates 17 Ebola Patients Who Fled Clinic

Aug. 19, 2014

Reuters: Liberia says has located all 17 runaway Ebola patients “Liberia has found all 17 suspected Ebola patients who fled a quarantine center in Monrovia at the weekend and transferred them to another clinic, the information minister said on Tuesday…” (8/19).

News Outlets Report On Latest U.S. Responses To Ebola Outbreak

Aug. 18, 2014

News outlets report on the latest U.S. responses to Ebola, including how the U.S. health care system is preparing for and may be impacted by Ebola. The Hill: Obama offers condolences to Ebola victims “President Obama on Thursday offered condolences to the victims of the deadly Ebola outbreak plaguing West Africa in phone calls with theMore

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

Aug. 18, 2014

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Economist: Ebola: Unseating the first horseman Editorial Board “…It is no coincidence that the countries now affected by Ebola are some of the worst governed in the world. Public health is not a priority there, which is why itMore

Weakened Health Systems Due to Ebola Could Lead To More Deaths From Other Diseases

Aug. 14, 2014

The Independent: Ebola outbreak: Deaths from malaria and other diseases could soar while Africa’s over-stretched health care systems fight the virus, expert warns “The ‘collapse’ of health care systems in West Africa because of the Ebola outbreak could lead to thousands more people dying from malaria and other diseases, a leading expert has said, withMore


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