With the 2014 elections behind us and newly elected officials about to be sworn in, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) is releasing a report chronicling the early days of health reform implementation in Kansas, and how the decisions of the state’s key players at the time shaped the response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This report is part of a series of 21 state and regional studies examining the rollout of the ACA. The national network—with 36 states and 61 researchers—is led by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Kansas report highlights the diverse approaches to implementation taken by elected officials including Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Governor Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature. The political landscape changed this year when Commissioner Praeger decided not to seek re-election. Her replacement, Commissioner-Elect Ken Selzer, has expressed opposition to the ACA.
“KHI is pleased to participate in this national study, which examines the dramatic changes underway in our health care system due to private sector forces and the rollout of the ACA,” said Robert F. St. Peter, M.D., president and CEO of the Kansas Health Institute. “Now that the federal health insurance marketplace is in operation here in Kansas, it is important to understand how state policy leadership and decisions affect oversight, outreach, and, ultimately, enrollment in marketplace plans.”
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