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

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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Assessing the Affordable Care Act: The Record to Date

Sept. 26, 2014

It’s early in the school year for report cards, but it seems like it’s never too soon to grade the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Verdicts on the law’s success or failure have been arriving on a near-daily basis since the law was signed in 2010.

New ACA Tracking Report: Uninsured Rates Fell Among Young and Low-Income Latinos

Sept. 25, 2014

The uninsured rate among young Latinos (ages 19 to 34 fell from 43 percent in the July–September 2013 period to 23 percent in April–June 2014, after the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment ended.

Catching Up: Latino Health Coverage Gains and Challenges Under the Affordable Care Act

Sept. 25, 2014

Less than one year after the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces opened for enrollment, the overall Latino uninsured rate dropped from 36 percent to 23 percent, according to the Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey.

New Commonwealth Fund Report: Most People with ACA Marketplace Health Insurance Say They Can Afford Premiums; Lower-Income Adults Report Costs Similar to Employer Coverage

Sept. 18, 2014

Sixty-one percent of adults paying premiums for health insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces are finding it very or somewhat easy to afford them, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

Are Americans Finding Affordable Coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplaces?

Sept. 18, 2014

By the end of the first open enrollment period for coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, increasing numbers of people said they found it easy to find a plan they could afford, according to The Commonwealth Fund’s Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey, April–June 2014.

Ebola Epidemic Causing Economic, Social Crises In Liberia

Sept. 30, 2014

News outlets report on Ebola-stricken Liberia’s collapsed health care system and failing economy. Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss, experts warn “With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces, and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn…” (Bastian, 9/30). Washington Post: Ebola-strickenMore

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Outbreak

Sept. 29, 2014

The following editorial and opinion pieces address various aspects of the West African Ebola outbreak and the international community’s response. New York Times: Losing the Race Against Ebola Editorial Board “…[Confronting the Ebola outbreak] is a task of mind-boggling complexity, requiring international assistance on a massive scale. … Faster action is desperately needed to preventMore

Patients Facing Health Challenges Other Than Ebola May Be Unable To Get Needed Care

Sept. 26, 2014

News outlets report deaths from causes other than Ebola likely will increase as struggling health systems in West Africa are unable to treat patients. Reuters: ‘Collateral’ death toll expected to soar in Africa’s Ebola crisis “Deaths from infectious diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia are likely to soar in West African countries where a vastMore

Ebola Crisis Brings Attention To Need For Stronger Health Systems

Sept. 25, 2014

Devex: Should we use Ebola to campaign for UHC? “The ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa has of course been one of the buzz topics during #GlobalDev Week in New York, where global health experts and policymakers agreed on the urgent need for stronger health systems in developing countries like those currently affected by theMore

E.U., U.S. Assess Readiness To Contain Ebola Within Their Borders

Sept. 24, 2014

News outlets report on E.U. and U.S. preparedness to contain Ebola if the disease were to reach their borders. Associated Press: Ebola threat to E.U. is ‘low’ but readiness needed “E.U. health ministers say the chance that the deadly Ebola virus might spread to Europe is ‘low’ but that they must improve coordination and preventionMore


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