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Issue Brief: KanCare Expansion and Work Requirements, March 2018

Estimates indicate two-thirds of potential new adult enrollees are working, but most not full-time

By Kari M. Bruffett, Cheng-Chung Huang, M.P.H. | March 07, 2018

Issue Brief: KanCare Expansion and Work Requirements, March 2018

READ IT HERE: KanCare Expansion and Work Requirements, March 2018

This issue brief updates previous Kansas Health Institute estimates of new KanCare enrollment if Medicaid were expanded. It also provides a profile of how work requirements might apply to the potential expansion population.

Key points from the brief include:

  • Expanding Medicaid would add an estimated 145,000 new beneficiaries, including about 95,000 adults age 19−64 and nearly 50,000 children, to the KanCare program.
  • The estimated total would include approximately 75,000 currently uninsured adults and children. The other 70,000 new enrollees would be projected to switch to Medicaid from another form of insurance.
  • About two-thirds of projected newly enrolled adults were employed at some point the previous year.
  • A little more than a quarter of projected newly enrolled adults worked at least 30 hours per week year-round.

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) delivers objective information, conducts credible research, and supports civil dialogue enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.