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.

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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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Premiums Unchanged in Rhode Island, Rise Modestly in Nevada and Significantly in the District of Columbia

Oct. 31, 2014

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts reporting premium and benefit changes for the individual market from 2014 to 2015.  The states reviewed are the District of Columbia, Nevada, and Rhode Island.

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Revisiting the ACA's Essential Health Benefits Requirements

Oct. 31, 2014

This issue brief examines how states have exercised their options under the initial federal essential health benefits framework, finding significant variation in how states have developed their essential health benefits packages, including their approaches to benefit substitution and coverage of habilitative services.

Organizational Strategies for Promoting Patient and Provider Uptake of Personal Health Records

Oct. 29, 2014

Health care organizations that have successfully deployed personal health records (PHRs), which allow patients to communicate with providers online and access information, have found them to be popular with patients and providers, primarily because they are viewed as time-savers.

Barriers and Strategies for Effective Patient Rescue: A Qualitative Study of Outliers

Oct. 29, 2014

Looking at death rates for surgical patients with serious yet treatable complications, researchers identified hospitals that performed much better or much worse than average.

Swimming Against the Current—What Might Work to Reduce Low-Value Care?

Oct. 29, 2014

In a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective, the author discusses the pros and cons of financial and educational interventions that target patients and providers to reduce the use of "low-value" care.

Ebola To Worsen Economies Of West African Nations, Experts Fear

Oct. 31, 2014

News outlets report on the economic damage expected to occur in West Africa as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Reuters: IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries “The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly EbolaMore

Ebola Could Overwhelm U.S. Health System, AP Review Says

Oct. 30, 2014

Associated Press: AP IMPACT: If Ebola batters U.S., we are not ready “The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and otherMore

Saudi Arabia Confirms Six New MERS Cases Within 24 Hours

Oct. 30, 2014

Reuters: Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows “Saudi Arabia said late on Wednesday it had detected six new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 24 hours, the biggest daily jump for months with officials blaming lax hospital procedures…” (McDowall, 10/20).

Zimbabwe Doctors Strike To Demand Pay Increases

Oct. 29, 2014

Agence France-Presse: Zimbabwe doctors strike for better pay “Patients waited in long queues while others were being turned away at state hospitals in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as hundreds of doctors staged a strike to press for higher pay. Around 300 junior doctors went on strike at the lapse of a two-week ultimatum for the governmentMore

Former CGD Fellow Argues Ebola Response Must Account For Long-Term Health Systems Development

Oct. 29, 2014

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Letter from Liberia: Ebola Is Not a Failure of Aid or Governance Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, presents a letter from Gyude Moore, a former Scott Fellow at CGD and current deputy chief of staff to Liberia’s President Ellen JohnsonMore

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