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Issue Brief: Kansas Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Continues to Grow

Children and family enrollment surges in 2014

By Scott C. Brunner, M.A. | September 01, 2015

Issue Brief: Kansas Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Continues to Grow

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) serve roughly 425,000 Kansans at a cost of more than $3.2 billion. In 2013, the state of Kansas began operating Medicaid through a program called KanCare. The Kansas Health Institute has released Kansas Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Continues to Grow, an issue brief describing the enrollment trends through the second year of this program.

Overall, the KanCare population grew faster in 2014 than it did in 2013—with children and families accounting for 85.9 percent of the total KanCare enrollment increase between the two years. CHIP enrollment accounted for only 4.0 percent of the total KanCare enrollment increase in 2014—a stark change from 2013 when it accounted for nearly all of the growth.

Enrollment over this same time period has increased 51.3 percent for children and families in Medicaid (162,403 in 2009 to 245,702 in 2014), and 41.8 percent for children in CHIP (39,132 in 2009 to 55,496 in 2014).

The Kansas Health Institute will continue to monitor enrollment and expenditure trends through the third year of the KanCare program.