The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has released its Annual Insurance Update, which this year describes insurance coverage in the state during 2014, the first year of full implementation of the insurance expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
See the infographic in the report for a clear description of the 301,926 Kansans (10.5 percent) who were uninsured in 2014. Of those uninsured:
- 96,434 uninsured Kansans would become eligible for Medicaid coverage if the program was expanded in Kansas as allowed by the ACA;
- 50,133 are already eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but not enrolled;
- 151,255 qualify for financial assistance to buy coverage on Healthcare.gov, the Kansas health insurance marketplace (some of whom would qualify for Medicaid instead if the program was expanded in Kansas); and
- 28,447 could buy coverage on the marketplace but would not receive financial assistance.
The report is primarily based on data from the latest American Community Survey (ACS) gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2014. New data on insurance coverage in 2015 will be released by the U.S. Census Bureau over the next few months. Stay tuned for KHI analysis of these data as they are released.
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.