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Kansas Medicaid: A Primer

By KANSAS HEALTH INSTITUTE | February 01, 2009

This report is designed to serve as an introduction to the Kansas Medicaid program, a state/federal partnership that provided health insurance coverage to approximately 250,000 Kansans in 2008.

Important information in the primer includes:

• The federal government contributes approximately $1.50 for every dollar of state Medicaid spending in Kansas;

• In 2008, Medicaid accounted for nearly 15 percent of the state budget (State General Fund only) and represented a significant portion of total spending on health care services. It was second only to K-12 education in terms of state spending;

• While children and pregnant women comprised two-thirds all Medicaid enrollees in 2008, they incurred less than one-quarter of Medicaid expenditures;

• In 2008, 21 percent of all Medicaid enrollees in Kansas were disabled, but this population incurred 51 percent of total state expenditures for the program;

• Adults that are not parents, pregnant, disabled or elderly are not eligible for Medicaid in Kansas.

Kansas Medicaid: A Primer was jointly produced by the Kansas Legislative Research Department and the Kansas Health Institute, with technical assistance from the Kansas Health Policy Authority.

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Kansas Medicaid: A Primer (2009)

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