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

Fact Sheet: 57,013 Kansans Signed Up for Health Coverage in ACA’s First Year

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Health Reform

As the second open enrollment period approaches for the health insurance marketplaces created through the Affordable Care Act, the Kansas Health Institute has developed a fact sheet providing a look back at enrollment results from the first year.

Issue Brief: Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Grows Over Five Years

0 | Sep. 30, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

Recent analysis by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) shows that enrollment in Kansas Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) grew by 29.1 percent over the past five years.

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.

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The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative

Oct. 20, 2014

The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund in collaboration with eight co-funders, was a five-year (2008 to 2013) demonstration project designed to help 65 community health centers in five states transform into patient-centered medical homes.

Modest Premium Changes Ahead in Health Insurance Marketplaces in Washington State and Maryland

Oct. 20, 2014

This post reports on premium changes for individual insurance plans in Washington State and Maryland, among the first two states to post final rates for marketplace plans. From 2014 to 2015, average premiums decreased in Washington State and increased slightly in Maryland. In both states more carriers joined the marketplaces and more plans became available.

Electronic Health Records: The New Lightning Rod in Health Care

Oct. 17, 2014

When Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital failed to diagnose the first known case of Ebola in the U.S., the hospital initially blamed its electronic health record (EHR). As it turned out, the problem was the humanware, not the software. The culprit was a mundane and all-too-common failure by people to communicate in a fast-paced and stressful medical setting. For those who follow the ongoing conversion of U.S. health care from paper to electronic information systems, Texas Health Presbyterian's reflex to blame its EHR was revealing at many levels. 


Major Policy Changes Take a Backseat to IT During a Transitional Year for Health Insurance Marketplaces

Oct. 15, 2014

As states plan for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act, information technology fixes have dominated operational decisions, and few states have moved to establish their own marketplaces or make bold policy changes.

Low-Income Residents in Three States View Medicaid as Equal to or Better Than Private Coverage, Support Expansion

Oct. 8, 2014

Nearly 80 percent of low-income adults in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas favored Medicaid expansion, with about two-thirds of uninsured adults planning to apply for either Medicaid or subsidized private coverage in 2014.

Network Of Hospitals In Middle East Gulf States Work To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Oct. 22, 2014

The Guardian: Tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria through collaborative networking Hosam Zowawi, microbiologist and scientific entrepreneur “…In 2011, the World Health Organization dedicated World Health Day to antibiotic-resistance and produced a policy package to combat antimicrobial resistance. Proposed measures included increasing surveillance and laboratory capacity, regulating and promoting the rational use of medicines, enhancing infection prevention andMore

Blog Posts Discuss Ebola Epidemic Responses

Oct. 22, 2014

The following blog posts discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Center for Global Development’s “Views From The Center”: Six Reasons an Ebola Travel Ban Makes Us No Safer — and No Sense (Moss/Kenny, 10/21). Defeat DD: Secret to Nigeria’s success in overcoming Ebola: ORS (Simpson, 10/21). Health Affairs Blog: Thomas Frieden And The U.S.More

For-Profit Companies Impart Lessons About Global Health Supply Chains

Oct. 22, 2014

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Supply Chains for Global Health David Sarley, senior program officer at the Gates Foundation, discusses lessons that three Seattle-area companies — Starbucks, Microsoft, and Trident Seafood — can provide to improve public health supply chains (10/21).

WHO To Strengthen Partnership With Romania To Improve TB Services

Oct. 21, 2014

WHO/Europe: WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services “WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the main themes of a high-levelMore

CDC Regrets Not Responding Better To Ebola Case At Dallas Hospital, Establishes Deployable Infection Control Teams

Oct. 15, 2014

News outlets report on the CDC’s plan to deploy specialized Ebola response teams to U.S. hospitals treating Ebola patients. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said the use of such a team in Dallas might have prevented health care workers from contracting the virus. ABC News: Better Ebola Response May Have Prevented Nurse’s Case, CDC Head SaysMore

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