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Insurance Coverage in the Medicaid Expansion Target Population (February 2020)

By Phillip Steiner, M.A., Kari M. Bruffett, Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | February 28, 2020

Insurance Coverage in the Medicaid Expansion Target Population (February 2020)

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According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than a quarter (28.1 percent) of the Medicaid expansion target population is uninsured. Where do the rest obtain insurance? Which counties have the highest uninsured rate and number of Kansas adults potentially eligible for Medicaid, if expanded? How did these low-income adults fare in your county? Find the answers to these and other questions in our latest fact sheet, Insurance Coverage in the Medicaid Expansion Target Population.

Highlights include:

  • About half of the uninsured Kansas adults potentially eligible for Medicaid, if expanded, lived in one of the five most populous counties — Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte.
  • While fewer than one in 10 uninsured Kansas adults potentially eligible for Medicaid, if expanded, lived in the southwest region of the state, those counties had relatively high uninsured rates for those adults (generally above one-third are uninsured).
  • There was a nearly three-fold difference between Kansas counties with the highest and lowest uninsured rates among adults potentially eligible for Medicaid, if expanded, from a high of 48.0 percent in Seward and Haskell Counties, to a low of 17.4 percent in Geary County.

*If you would like the underlying data used in this analysis in Excel spreadsheet format, contact us at info@khi.org and we will be happy to send it to you.

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.