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ICYMI: The Cost of Care: Prescription Drugs in KanCare — Virtual Event (February 17, 2022)

By Phillip Steiner, M.A. | February 17, 2022

ICYMI: The Cost of Care: Prescription Drugs in KanCare — Virtual Event (February 17, 2022)

State budgets continue to absorb significant cost increases related to pharmaceuticals, and the Kansas Medicaid program (KanCare) — at 16.7 percent of state general funds — is under the microscope for issues related to drug payments and discount reporting by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). 

On February 17, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) hosted a virtual discussion and provided a brief overview of Medicaid pharmacy pricing, high-cost drugs, rebates and PBMs, along with a discussion of state policy options for controlling cost. Phillip Steiner, M.A., led the discussion. 

KHI materials related to this topic are linked below:

External resources referenced in the discussion include:

A recording of the session is below. To view specific topics from the agenda, move the slider to the time listed.

  • Introduction (0:00 on the recording)
  • Agenda (3:25 on the recording)
  • Poll: Factors Driving up the Cost of Health Care (4:07 on the recording)    
  • KanCare MCO Spending by Category of Service (6:38 on the recording)
  • Discussion (15:04 on the recording) 
  • KanCare Pharmacy Benefit (16:56 on the recording)  
  • Medicaid Drug Pricing (20:03 on the recording) 
  • Specialty and High-Cost Drugs (25:13 on the recording) 
  • Discussion (27:43 on the recording) 
  • National RX Spending Trends (32:52 on the recording)   
  • Discussion (37:08 on the recording) 
  • State Medicaid Policy (43:59 on the recording)


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.