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Uninsured Rate During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 3 (January 22, 2021)

Monitoring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kansas

By Emily Burgen, M.P.H., Phillip Steiner, M.A., Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | January 22, 2021

Uninsured Rate During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 3 (January 22, 2021)

With the job loss and financial stress of the pandemic there has been great concern that many Kansans could lose their insurance coverage. This issue of Pulse on Kansas looks at the uninsured rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Pulse on Kansas series examines data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey covering important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas. Sign up here to receive the latest issue and more by email or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Key Points

  • The uninsured rate in Kansas varied throughout the survey period, likely reflecting the small sample size. After starting at a 16.6 percent uninsured rate in Late April and early May, it decreased to 11.0 percent in late June as businesses initially reopened, but then increased to 15.6 percent by the end of July.
  • Somewhat surprisingly, the U.S. uninsured rate remained stable between April and July, 2020, despite significant job loss over that period. Other surveys have also reported this unexpected finding.
  • Like prior years, the uninsured rate in Kansas during the pandemic closely tracked the rate in the U.S.

The Household Pulse Survey is an ongoing federal survey that provides near real-time information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, social and economic factors in Kansas and across the United States. This valuable resource allows for a deeper, data-driven understanding of the impact that the pandemic is having on our communities.

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.