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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Number of Uninsured Kansans in 2013 Unchanged from 2012

0 | Dec. 17, 2014 | Health Insurance

The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show an estimated 348,097 (12.3 percent) Kansans didn’t have health insurance in 2013, which is not a significant change from 2012 (12.6 percent). Kansas had lower uninsured rates across all age groups compared to national rates for 2013. The Kansas Health Institute has developed a fact sheet that details this information.

Issue Brief: Kansas Marketplace Opens for Year Two

0 | Nov. 15, 2014 | Health Reform

The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas opened today. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.

Monthly Consumer Costs in the 2015 Kansas Marketplace

0 | Nov. 15, 2014 | Health Reform

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has produced several maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.

Kansas Health Institute Receives Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Continue National Public Health Effort

0 | Nov. 11, 2014 | Public Health Systems and Services

Grant extension will allow KHI to maintain Center for Sharing Public Health Services, a national initiative that supports cross-jurisdictional sharing in public health.

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).

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Marketplace Coverage Renewals: Variation in State Approaches May Affect Consumers’ Finances

Dec. 15, 2014

Though open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces continues through February 15, December 15—today—is the last day for consumers in most states to actively enroll in a health plan and have that coverage take effect on January 1. Thanks to an automatic renewal process, coverage will continue for most of those who already had a marketplace plan and didn’t return to shop by this deadline. However, while auto-renewal can help people avoid a gap in their coverage, shopping for a plan is the best way for people to get a good deal on coverage and maximize the value of their premium tax credit.

Realizing Health Reform’s Potential: Why a National High-Risk Insurance Pool Is Not a Workable Alternative to the Marketplace

Dec. 11, 2014

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was a national high-risk pool established under the Affordable Care Act to provide coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions who had been uninsured for at least six months.

Value-Based Payment Is Spreading, But Models Need Refinement

Dec. 11, 2014

Value-based payments by private health plans increased markedly over the past year, according to Catalyst for Payment Reform's 2014 national scorecard. Some 40 percent of payments by private plans to health care providers are now tied to “value,” meaning they are linked to better or less costly care, rather than the volume of services provided. In 2013, just 11 percent of such payments aimed to improve quality and efficiency.

Creating Connections: An Early Look at the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Accountable Care Organizations

Dec. 10, 2014

Individuals with mental illness are among the highest need, costliest patients in the U.S. health care system, yet they receive inadequate behavioral health care. Researchers have proposed various models that integrate behavioral health with primary care in order to improve care and outcomes. This report showcases integration approaches at two accountable care organizations.

Employer Premium and Deductible Cost Growth Slowed Post-ACA, But Employer Health Insurance Still Claiming Bigger Share of Workers' Income

Dec. 9, 2014

Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance grew 4.1 percent per year between 2010 and 2013, following passage of the Affordable Care Act, compared to 5.1 percent per year between 2003 and 2010, before the law was passed, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

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