Policy & Research


Annual Insurance Update 2019 (January 2019)

Health Insurance in Kansas

By Hina B. Shah, M.P.H., Madison Hoover, M.S., Sydney McClendon, Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | January 22, 2019

Annual Insurance Update 2019 (January 2019)


As state and federal efforts regarding health reform continue, it is important that policymakers, providers, consumers and advocates understand how these changes are affecting insurance coverage in Kansas and around the nation. The Kansas Health Institute Annual Insurance Update 2019 presents a comprehensive review of health insurance coverage in the state using the most recent data available.

Gains in coverage among Kansans after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 have stalled in recent years. In 2017, there were 243,305 Kansans who were uninsured, including 40,815 children age 0-18. This translates to an uninsured rate of 8.5 percent, which ranks Kansas 30th among states for insurance coverage.

This report examines sources of health insurance coverage for all Kansans and presents data by subpopulations of interest: age, race and ethnicity, family income and employment status. The report concludes with county-level estimates on uninsured rates.

For a visual depiction of how many Kansans had insurance coverage or remained uninsured, check out the infographic, Health Insurance in Kansas 2017.