This issue brief updates previous Kansas Health Institute estimates of new KanCare enrollment if Medicaid were expanded. It also provides a profile of how work requirements might apply to the potential expansion population.
Key points from the brief include:
- Expanding Medicaid would add an estimated 145,000 new beneficiaries, including about 95,000 adults age 19−64 and nearly 50,000 children, to the KanCare program.
- The estimated total would include approximately 75,000 currently uninsured adults and children. The other 70,000 new enrollees would be projected to switch to Medicaid from another form of insurance.
- About two-thirds of projected newly enrolled adults were employed at some point the previous year.
- A little more than a quarter of projected newly enrolled adults worked at least 30 hours per week year-round.
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