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Children’s Uninsured Rate Varies Five-Fold Across Kansas Counties (December 2018)

By Hina B. Shah, M.P.H., Madison Hoover, M.S., Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | December 05, 2018

Children’s Uninsured Rate Varies Five-Fold Across Kansas Counties (December 2018)

READ IT HERE — Children’s Uninsured Rate Varies Five-Fold Across Kansas Counties

DATA IN EXCEL FORMAT — Kansas Children Age 0-18: Uninsured Rate and Number by County, 2009 and 2016

This fact sheet provides county-specific uninsured rates for Kansas children age 0−18 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 children age 0-18 reached an all-time low of 4.5 percent (33,332 uninsured children). 
  • There was a nearly five-fold difference between the highest and lowest county uninsured rate for children in 2016: 13.6 percent in Hamilton County and 2.9 percent in Johnson County.
  • Children in western counties were more likely to be uninsured than in other parts of Kansas.
  • While uninsured rates were relatively low in the five largest counties — Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte — nearly half (47.1 percent, or 15,688) of uninsured children lived in these counties. 

While the overall uninsured rate has improved for children living in each Kansas county, wide differences remain.

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.