Safety Net

The Kansas safety net system provides health care and preventive services to many who otherwise might do without. The system is made up of providers who are required to provide care for patients regardless of the patient's ability to pay; providers who voluntarily provide charity care; and programs that use public funds to operate. With recent economic troubles, demand for these services has only increased. KHI researchers evaluate the system and help plan strategies to sustain and improve it. KHI journalists work to keep policymakers and the public abreast of safety net developments.

Advocates for mid-level dental providers meet with legislators

0 | Advocacy, Legislature, Oral Health, Safety Net

About 30 dental hygienists from around the state traveled to Topeka to ask their legislators to approve the licensing of mid-level dental providers.

Policy and Research

Health Insurance and the Uninsured in Kansas

0 | Apr. 30, 2009 | Child Health, Health Insurance, Medicaid-CHIP, Safety Net

This annual publication of the Kansas Health Institute provides a snapshot of the insurance status of Kansans in various categories, including age, gender and work status. It also describes how the insurance status of Kansans is changing over time.

Safety Net System in Kansas

0 | Jan. 22, 2009 | KHI Legislative Testimony, Safety Net

Gina Maree, vice president of Health Policy for the Kansas Health Institute, delivered this presentation on Kansas' safety net system to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee in January, 2009.

The Uninsured in Kansas

0 | Sep. 11, 2008 | Health Insurance, Medicaid-CHIP, Safety Net

New U.S. Census data show that Kansas is one of 10 states in which the uninsured rate went up in the last two years. This KHI fact sheet also provides information about the age and work status of uninsured Kansans.

Kansas Mission of Mercy - Garden City: Patient Characteristics, Needs, and Satisfaction

0 | Aug. 27, 2008 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Safety Net

More than 15 percent of the patients served by a free dental clinic early this year reported they have never been to a dentist.

Uninsured Young Adults in Kansas

0 | Jun. 02, 2008 | Health Insurance, Safety Net

Twenty-three percent of Kansans age 19-34 are uninsured. This fact sheet discusses this population and why these individuals are more likely to be uninsured than any other age group.

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News

New Missouri law pays dividends for KC clinic

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

Safety net clinics like Kansas City CARE are adapting from serving uninsured patients to those who recently acquired coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Retiring CEO reflects on experiences at Truman Medical Centers

0 | Jun. 06, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals, Safety Net

John Bluford leaves behind a safety-net hospital system where net revenues have increased by about 160 percent since his arrival, to approximately $462.9 million, and revenue from commercial insurers has increased nearly nine-fold to about $72.8 million.

Harding leaving KAMU for WYCO Foundation

0 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Foundations, Safety Net

Cathy Harding, the executive director of the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, will leave that post to become the new chief executive of the Wyandotte Health Foundation.

Kansas City health initiative needs more focus

0 | Feb. 28, 2014 | Community Health, Foundations, Safety Net

Leaders of an initiative aimed at coordinating and expanding healthcare services for the region’s poor need to sharpen its focus and do a better job measuring results, according to a review by an outside consultant.

Safety net funding cut gets first nod toward restoration

0 | Jan. 30, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP, Rural Health, Safety Net

Officials from Kansas safety net clinics got some promising news while visiting the Statehouse this week as part of their annual Legislative Day: A budget committee will recommend restoring the $234,584 cut from the clinics' funding in the fiscal 2015 budget.

Local food movement thriving on the High Plains of Kansas

0 | Jul. 21, 2014 | Community Health, Nutrition

Direct marketing food to customers is proving to be a boon for members of a western Kansas producers' cooperative that has seen strong sales growth. "For one thing, it has made it possible for my nephew to come back to the farm," said Chris Schmidt, a Rawlins County farmer who grows 2,000 acres of commodity grain but also is selling direct to online customers.

Kansas officials suspend future foster placements with TFI after child's death

0 | Jul. 25, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials said they have suspended placing foster children with TFI, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.

HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

KU doctors say plan for transplant waits would make local patients sicker

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Health Disparities

Change is coming to the way donated livers are allocated in the United States, and Richard Gilroy, a hepatologist and medical director of transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital, said that's not good news for those on waiting lists in Kansas and Missouri.

New Missouri law pays dividends for KC clinic

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

Safety net clinics like Kansas City CARE are adapting from serving uninsured patients to those who recently acquired coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

Powell touts years of work as insurance agent

1 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Powell sees a competitive insurance market as part of what he calls a “three-legged stool,” along with Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and a renewed emphasis on vocational education, to help Kansas attract new businesses.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Jul. 16, 2014 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

National report: Midlevel dental providers expand access to care

1 | Jul. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Oral Health

The report examined the experiences of two public nonprofits with dental therapists - one in Alaska and another in Minnesota - and a telehealth project in California.

Number of children in foster care hits record high

2 | Jun. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF, Mental Health

In April, there were 6,156 children in the state's foster care system. That’s 356 more children than in April 2013, and 872 more than two years earlier.

Web-based tool helps match foster children, families

1 | Jun. 26, 2014 | Children, DCF, Health Care Delivery

The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

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