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Uninsured Rate for Nonelderly Adults Varies Widely Across Kansas Counties (December 2018)

By Sydney McClendon, Madison Hoover, M.S., Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | December 05, 2018

Uninsured Rate for Nonelderly Adults Varies Widely Across Kansas Counties (December 2018)

READ IT HERE — Uninsured Rate for Nonelderly Adults Varies Widely Across Kansas Counties 

DATA IN EXCEL FORMAT — Kansas Adults Age 19‐64: Uninsured Rate and Number by County, 2009 and 2016

This fact sheet provides county-specific uninsured rates for Kansas nonelderly adults age 19−64 for 2016, the most recent year for which county-level data are available. It also provides changes in uninsured rates by county between 2009 and 2016. It is based on the latest U.S. Census Bureau Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE).

  • In 2016, the overall uninsured rate among Kansas nonelderly adults age 19-64 fell to 12.3 percent (206,150 uninsured), a drop of more than one-quarter since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (from 17.3 percent in 2009 to 12.3 percent in 2016; a 28.9 percent drop). 
  • There was more than a three-fold difference between the highest and lowest county uninsured rate for nonelderly adults in 2016: 28.0 percent in Seward County and 7.9 percent in Johnson County and Clay County.
  • Higher uninsured rates were more common in the southwestern part of the state, which also experienced smaller coverage gains between 2009 and 2016.

While almost all Kansas counties significantly improved their uninsured rate for nonelderly adults over the last eight years, large differences remain between the highest and lowest uninsured rate.

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.