Policy & Research


25,000 Uninsured, KanCare-Eligible Children: Where Are They? (October 2019)

By Hina B. Shah, M.P.H., Madison Hoover, M.S. | October 18, 2019

25,000 Uninsured, KanCare-Eligible Children: Where Are They? (October 2019)



This fact sheet, the third of a three-part series examining the geographic variation in health insurance coverage for Kansans, provides data on where the 276,562 Kansas children age 0-18 enrolled in KanCare in 2017 lived, and examines where the 25,436 uninsured children likely eligible for KanCare but not enrolled lived. 

Key points include:

  • Half (52.7 percent) of Kansas children enrolled in KanCare lived in one of the five most populous counties (Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte). However, the percentage of children enrolled in KanCare also was high in the southeast and southwest regions.
  • An estimated 37,982 children in Kansas were uninsured in 2017, and 25,436 (67.0 percent) of them might have been eligible for KanCare but were not enrolled. 
  • Many counties in western Kansas had a significantly higher uninsured rate among children likely eligible for KanCare than the statewide rate (7.2 percent). 

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