Kansas Medicaid: A Primer 2009

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Feb 01, 2009


Kansas Health Institute


This report is designed to serve as an introduction to the Kansas Medicaid program, a state/federal partnership that provided health insurance coverage to approximately 250,000 Kansans in 2008.

Important information in the primer includes:

    • The federal government contributes approximately $1.50 for every dollar of state Medicaid spending in Kansas
    • In 2008, Medicaid accounted for nearly 15 percent of the state budget (State General Fund only) and represented a significant portion of total spending on health care services. It was second only to K-12 education in terms of state spending
    • While children and pregnant women comprised two-thirds all Medicaid enrollees in 2008, they incurred less than one-quarter of Medicaid expenditures
    • In 2008, 21 percent of all Medicaid enrollees in Kansas were disabled, but this population incurred 51 percent of total state expenditures for the program
    • Adults that are not parents, pregnant, disabled or elderly are not eligible for Medicaid in Kansas.

Kansas Medicaid: A Primer was jointly produced by the Kansas Legislative Research Department and the Kansas Health Institute, with technical assistance from the Kansas Health Policy Authority.

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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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