Scott C. Brunner, M.A.

Senior Analyst & Strategy Team Leader

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Scott C. Brunner, M.A., Senior Analyst & Strategy Team Leader, directs the institute’s work on Medicaid, insurance coverage and access to health care. Before joining KHI, Brunner held several leadership positions during nearly 14 years as a Kansas government employee. Most recently he helped oversee the transition of the Kansas Health Policy Authority from a freestanding agency to a division within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Prior to the merger, Brunner served as KHPA's chief financial officer. He directed the state's Medicaid program from 2004 to 2006, before and after primary responsibility for its management was transferred to KHPA from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Brunner holds a master’s degree in American Government and Public Policy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Issue Brief: Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Grows Over Five Years

Recent analysis by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) shows that enrollment in Kansas Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) grew by 29.1 percent over the past five years.

Annual Report Describes Insurance Coverage in Kansas

Federal health reform has made an impact on insurance coverage for some populations

The Kansas Health Institute has released its Annual Insurance Update, providing an in-depth look at insurance coverage in the Sunflower State. The report examines public and private insurance coverage using data from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS).

Issue Brief: Currently Eligible Adults in Medicaid: The Few Who Qualify

It is a common misconception that all poor Kansans are eligible for Medicaid. In reality, only a few are actually eligible. To inform the discussion KHI has released a new issue brief (link) that examines in detail who is—and who is not—currently eligible for the combined Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Kansas.

Kansas Medicaid: Beyond the Basics supplement

This supplemental guide to our Medicaid Primer provides an in-depth look at six key issues as they relate to the federal/state health insurance program for low-income Kansans: 1) KanCare, 2) The Affordable Care Act, 3) Medicaid Providers and Reimbursements, 4) Home- and Community-Based Services, 5) The Health Care Safety Net, and 6) Pharmacy Benefits.

Kansas Medicaid: A Primer

Medicaid is a publicly financed source of health insurance and long-term care coverage for certain eligible population groups. It is the second-largest source of health coverage in the nation, following employment-based coverage.

Medicaid issues explained by KHI's Brunner in multiple media outlets

This week, KHI Senior Analyst Scott Brunner appeared in newspaper, radio and television news reports as an expert source for stories on the state's Medicaid program.

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Webinar: Different data sources for insurance coverage reporting

Later this week, two different sources will release annual insurance coverage numbers. Which is right? Which is best? KHI’s policy team helps you understand the differences in this webinar.

Issue Brief: KanCare—MCO Contracts Aim to Achieve Savings and Quality Improvement

This issue brief examines the financial structure for KanCare MCOs, including contract provisions that aim to maintain access to quality services while saving money.

Issue Brief: ACA Medicaid Expansion: Enrollment and Cost Estimates for Kansas Policymakers

This new issue brief examines the effects of a health reform provision to expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults.

Fact Sheet: KanCare Puts Medicaid in Private Companies' Hands

KanCare is Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to move virtually all of the 380,000 Kansas Medicaid enrollees into managed care plans with three private companies. This fact sheet provides information about the three companies known as managed care organizations, or MCOs.

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