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

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).

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.

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Making Sense of the Medicare Physician Payment Data Release: Uses, Limitations, and Potential

Nov. 25, 2014

In April 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a data file containing information on Medicare payments made to physicians and other providers.

Medical Cost Burdens Among Nonelderly Adults with Asthma

Nov. 21, 2014

Asthma, like many other chronic diseases, can be controlled with medication and self-management techniques, leading to better health outcomes and lower health care costs overall. However, these savings typically accrue to the health care system, not the patient.

The Extended "Fix" for Canceled Health Insurance Policies: Latest State Action

Nov. 21, 2014

In March, the Obama administration released guidance extending the renewal of health insurance policies that do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage standards through October 1, 2016. This means that health policies that exist today, but do not comply with ACA protections, can be maintained through 2017. States and insurers were encouraged—but not required—to allow people to reenroll in and even renew these plans after January 1, 2014. At least nine states that did not adopt the administration’s original transitional policy—Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, and West Virginia—are now allowing renewals of noncompliant policies after January 1, 2014.

2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey

Nov. 19, 2014

This 11-country survey finds that 87 percent of U.S. adults age 65 and older have at least one chronic illness and 68 percent have two or more, the highest rates in the survey.

International Survey of Older Adults Finds Shortcomings in Access, Coordination, and Patient-Centered Care

Nov. 19, 2014

Compared with their counterparts in other developed countries, older adults in the United States are sicker, see more doctors, take more prescription drugs, and have a harder time affording the care they need, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey of people age 65 and up. 

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