Kansas Medicaid: A Primer 2005

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Dec 01, 2005


Kansas Health Institute


This report is designed to serve as an introduction to the Kansas Medicaid program. The program, a state/federal partnership, provides health coverage to approximately 10 percent of Kansans.

Facts revealed in the primer include:

    • ┬áThe federal government contributes approximately $1.50 for every dollar of state Medicaid spending in Kansas;
    • Even with that match, Medicaid spending accounts for nearly one-fifth of the Kansas state budget and is second only to K-12 education in terms of state spending;
    • Children account for half of all Medicaid enrollees, but less than one-quarter of Medicaid costs;
    • Seniors and individuals with disabilities account for almost one-third of enrollees, but more than two-thirds of all expenditures. In fact, Kansas ranks fourth among the states for spending on the elderly and disabled.

Kansas Medicaid: A Primer was published as a cooperative effort between the Kansas Health Institute and the Kansas Legislative Research Department. It was distributed to the 2005 interim Special Committee on Medicaid Reform.

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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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