Health Insurance Coverage in Kansas

Likely a Result of the 2010 Provision of the Affordable Care Act

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Dec 10, 2013


Ivan Williams, M.B.A.

Pie chart showing primary sources of health insurance for all Kansans. Employee-based coverage 51.9%

Current Coverage

In 2012, an estimated 356,000 Kansans were uninsured—12.6 percent. There has been no change in the number of uninsured Kansans since 2011.

The percentage of Kansans without health insurance in 2012—an estimated 12.6 percent— continues to be significantly lower than the national rate of 14.8 percent.

The percentage of Kansans with public coverage increased from 26.1 percent in 2011 to 27.0 percent in 2012. This continues a trend illustrated in Figure 2 below.

Starting in September 2010, the Affordable Care Act allowed young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parent’s insurance. Young adults in Kansas are now less likely to be uninsured—22.9 percent in 2012 compared to 26.8 percent in 2009. This nearly 4.0 percent decrease in uninsured 19-25 year old is accompanied by a simultaneous 4.2 percent increase in private coverage—from 67.5 percent in 2009 to 71.7 percent in 2012. The percentage of Kansas children (0-17) without health insurance is unchanged in 2012—6.6 percent or an estimated 48,000.

In Kansas and across the United States, uninsured rates vary for different racial and ethnic groups. Kansas does have a lower rate of uninsured white Kansans than the rest of the United States.

Chart showing uninsured by age (2012); refer to the data on this page for specific details.
Chart showing uninsured by race ethnicity (2012); refer to the data on this page for specific details.

Recent Trends

The current rate of uninsured Kansans (12.6 percent) is lower than it was in either 2009 (13.2 percent) or 2010 (13.9 percent). The rate of Kansans with public coverage has steadily increased in recent years—from 24.8 percent in 2009 to 27.0 percent in 2012. The increase in public coverage hasn’t affected all age groups equally. The rate of children (0-17) with public coverage has increased, while the rates of adults (18-64) and older adults (65+) with public coverage have remained virtually unchanged. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kansas is one of 13 states where increases in public coverage from 2010 to 2012 caused a reduction in the overall uninsured rate for those under 65.

Line chart showing recent trends in public coverage for Kansans; refer to the data on this page for specific details.

About Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be 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.

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