Policy & Research


Western Counties Have Highest Uninsured Rate for Kids (October 2019)

By Hina B. Shah, M.P.H., Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | October 15, 2019

Western Counties Have Highest Uninsured Rate for Kids (October 2019)



Gains in health insurance coverage have stalled in recent years for Kansas children age 0-18. In 2017, the overall uninsured rate among Kansas children was 5.2 percent (37,982 uninsured children).

This fact sheet, the second of a three-part series examining the geographic variation in health insurance coverage for Kansans, looks at the county-specific uninsured rate among Kansas children in 2017 — the most recent year for which county-level data are available — and regional changes in the uninsured rate for children from 2009 to 2017. 

Key points include:

  • There was a nearly five-fold difference between the counties with the highest and lowest uninsured rate among children in 2017: 17.5 percent in Sheridan County and 3.6 percent in Geary County. 
  • The 21 counties with the highest uninsured rate (10.1 percent to 17.5 percent) among children in 2017 were all located in the western half of the state. 
  • The southwest region of Kansas had a higher uninsured rate for children than other regions in the state over the period 2009 to 2017.

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.