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In state fiscal year 2021, Medicaid and CHIP covered an average of 461,090 people in Kansas per month at a total cost of $4.4 billion for the year. To help you understand the workings of this program, the Kansas Health Institute and the Kansas Legislative Research Department have released Kansas Medicaid: A Primer 2022, an in-depth handbook describing the Kansas Medicaid program. It provides basic facts and information about Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Kansas. This is the sixth edition of the Primer.
In the three years since the last edition of this report, federal policy has continued to evolve, and the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Medicaid and CHIP. KanCare, the state’s comprehensive managed care program, has been in place for nine years, and this report captures data from that entire period as well as the pre-KanCare period.
The Primer includes:
- An overview of Medicaid and CHIP;
- Details on Medicaid and CHIP spending in Kansas;
- Analysis of enrollment trends;
- Information about covered services and populations; and
- A summary of the impact of COVID-19 policy on KanCare.
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.