Kansas is one of 10 states that showed an increase in its uninsured rate from two years ago.
The percentage of Kansans lacking health insurance increased to almost 13 percent in 2006–2007, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This pushes the state’s uninsured rate to its highest point this decade (since 2000–2001).
For policymakers concerned about Kansans’ access to health insurance, the new data provide a worrisome snapshot of the two-year period preceding the economic downturn in 2008.
Percentage of uninsured Kansans on the rise
- Kansas is one of 10 states that showed an increase in its uninsured rate from two years ago.
- At 12.5 percent, the percentage who are uninsured is up from 11.3 percent last year (2005–2006) and 10.5 percent the year before (2004–2005).
- About 34,000 more Kansans — adults and children — were uninsured in 2006–2007 than in 2005–2006.
- Approximately 340,000 Kansans were uninsured in 2006–
- The most recent uninsured rate in Kansas continues to be lower than the U.S. rate.
- The official uninsured rate for the nation declined from 15.8 percent in 2006 to 15.3 percent in 2007, but this followed several years of steady increases. The national rate is typically reported for a single year, while state rates are averaged over two years because of smaller sample sizes. If the national rate is averaged in the same way as state rates, it is unchanged from 2005–2006, as illustrated in Figure 1.