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Who Are the Remaining Uninsured Adult Kansans? (July 2019)

By Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D., Sydney McClendon, Madison Hoover, M.S. | July 15, 2019

Who Are the Remaining Uninsured Adult Kansans? (July 2019)

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Despite gains in insurance coverage since 2009 for nonelderly Kansas adults age 19-64, many remain uninsured. Based on the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 201,275 (11.9 percent)  nonelderly Kansas adults were uninsured in 2017. This issue brief builds on information presented in the 2019 Annual Insurance Update to describe in detail those nonelderly Kansas adults who remain uninsured, including their employment, educational attainment and citizenship status. 

Key points from the brief include: 

  • Despite gains in insurance coverage since 2009 for nonelderly Kansas adults age 19-64, 201,275 remain uninsured.
  • Most uninsured nonelderly Kansas adults in 2017 were working (73.4 percent), had completed high school or higher (77.1 percent) and were U.S. citizens (81.7 percent).
  • Among nonelderly Kansas adults in 2017, those with less than a high school education were 4.6 times more likely to be uninsured than were those who attended college.
  • In Kansas, low-wage full-time workers are no more likely to have insurance than the unemployed. This raises important questions about the often-cited assumption that obtaining low-wage employment — even if it is full-time year-round — is a good way to get insurance coverage.
  • In 2017, one in four (25.2 percent) uninsured nonelderly Kansas adults were not eligible for Medicaid and made too little to qualify for marketplace financial assistance, falling into the so-called “coverage gap.”
     

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.