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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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.

Understanding Premium Changes on the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces

Sept. 17, 2014

In an effort to provide real-time information on premium increases or decreases, researchers at NORC at the University of Chicago, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, are building a national database of plan offerings on the individual and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces in 2014 and 2015.

New Federal Surveys Show Declines in Number of Uninsured Americans in Early 2014

Sept. 16, 2014

The number of uninsured Americans fell in early 2014, according to the first federal survey estimates provided since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansions went into effect.

Cost, Utilization, and Quality of Care: An Evaluation of Illinois’ Medicaid Primary Care Case Management Program

Sept. 15, 2014

In 2006, Illinois reformed its Medicaid program by establishing Illinois Health Connect (IHC), a primary care case management program aimed at promoting preventive care and reducing redundancy of services.

Collaboration Key For Strengthened Health Systems

Sept. 19, 2014

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Collaboration is key for protecting U.S. investments in global health, say health leaders Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, summarizes comments made Wednesday by Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other panelists atMore

U.N. Special Envoy Chambers Interviews U.N. Ebola Coordinator Nabarro

Sept. 18, 2014

Huffington Post: In Conversation: David Nabarro, the Man on the Front Line of the Ebola Crisis Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing and for malaria, interviews David Nabarro, senior U.N. system coordinator for Ebola virus disease, about the challenges of addressing Ebola and the outlook for funding the response (9/16).

Maternal Mortality Improves In Afghanistan Despite Poor Public Health System

Sept. 18, 2014

Inter Press Service: Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan “…Many women have no other option than to rely on public services, and the result speaks volumes about Afghanistan’s commitment to maternal health: some 460 deaths per 100,000 live births give the country one of the four worst maternal mortality ratios (MMR) inMore

Opinion Pieces, Letters To Editor Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

Sept. 18, 2014

The following opinion pieces and letters to the editor address issues surrounding the ongoing Ebola outbreak. Wall Street Journal: Ebola’s Warning for an Unprepared America Scott Gottlieb, an American Enterprise Institute resident fellow, and Tevi Troy, president of the American Health Policy Institute “…President Obama has put the Pentagon in charge of a robust, 3,000-personMore

Health System Improvements Necessary To Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Sept. 18, 2014

Huffington Post: Achieving Universal Health Coverage Requires Investing in Health Systems John Lange, senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation and co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Investing in Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries “…In discussions at the United Nations in New York, there is now aMore

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