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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Michigan health educator selected as KAMU’s new director

0 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Community Health, Safety Net

Cyzman most recently has been a vice president for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Kansas safety net clinics receive ACA funds for mental health care

0 | Aug. 01, 2014 | Health Reform, Mental Health, Safety Net

Centers with operations in Pittsburg, Emporia, Eureka, Olathe and Hutchinson each will receive $250,000 grants to expand services for low-income Kansans.

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.

2013 Kansas County Health Rankings

0 | Mar. 20, 2013 | Community Health

With the release of the 2013 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.

Auditors suggest possible consolidation of Community Developmental Disability Organizations

1 | Mar. 12, 2014 | Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP

Legislative auditors reported the state might save up to $800,000 a year in administrative costs, if the number of Community Developmental Disability Organizations were reduced through consolidation. They also reported they found no "direct evidence" that the agencies had engaged in conflicts of interest in referring their clients for services.

Children’s Mercy Hospital develops app for infant heart defects

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Child Health, Hospitals

At an American Heart Association conference, a Kansas City pediatric cardiologist will introduce a tablet-based app that could make a big difference in monitoring and treating single-ventricle heart defects.

Americans for Prosperity joins effort to license mid-level dental providers

0 | Jan. 08, 2014 | Advocacy, Legislature, Oral Health

"Really it's about the free market in the realm of professional licensure," said Jeff Glendening, state director for the Kansas Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. "For us, this issue is really about 'Is government the best at telling consumers who should providing their services?' This allows the market to dictate that. The benefit of that is greater access in underserved areas around the state."

Consultant's report calls for overhaul of state hospital's approach to caring for mentally ill patients

0 | Sep. 03, 2013 | KDADS, Hospitals, Mental Health

Professional staff at Osawatomie State Hospital need to spend more time interacting with patients, less time in meetings, according to a consultant's report. And KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said he will put a new emphasis on programs aimed at keeping people from being admitted at Osawatomie and the other state hospitals.

Cerner breaks ground on massive south Kansas City complex

0 | Nov. 13, 2014 | Workforce, HIE-HIT

Cerner’s plans call for a 4.7 million-square-foot office complex with 16 buildings on 290 acres. It's expected to house up to 16,000 workers.

Salina dentists rally to halt anti-fluoride momentum

10 | Nov. 03, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Child Health, Oral Health

Dozens of dentists in Salina rallied opposition to a ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city's water supply, and voters rejected the measure by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday.

Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems

1 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Budget, Legislature, KanCare

While the state already faces a projected $280 million revenue this budget year, an additional $40 million is needed to meet rising KanCare costs.

Medicare termination looms at Osawatomie hospital

1 | Nov. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

A federal agency has sent notice that Medicare payments to overcrowded Osawatomie State Hospital will be terminated, but state officials say they will address concerns before the deadline and avoid that action.

Meetings on support programs for Kansans with disabilities set for next week

3 | Nov. 07, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plans informational sessions in Wichita, Hays and Lawrence.

Insurance exchanges launch nationwide with few glitches

1 | Nov. 17, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

By most accounts, the federal marketplace that handles enrollment for 37 states ran smoothly when it opened on Saturday — a far cry from last year’s disastrous rollout.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

4 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

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