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Issue Brief: KanCare Expansion and Work Requirements, March 2018

Estimates indicate two-thirds of potential new adult enrollees are working, but most not full-time

By Kari M. Bruffett, Cheng-Chung Huang, M.P.H. | March 07, 2018

Issue Brief: KanCare Expansion and Work Requirements, March 2018

READ IT HERE: KanCare Expansion and Work Requirements, March 2018

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.

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.