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KHI Event – Medicaid Expansion: What Kansas Can Learn From Other States (March 2019)

By Kansas Health Institute | March 22, 2019

KHI Event – Medicaid Expansion: What Kansas Can Learn From Other States (March 2019)

While Kansas lawmakers are debating whether to expand Medicaid as authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), approximately 100 individuals participated in a symposium about the topic on March 22, 2019, at the Kansas Health Institute (KHI). The conversation featured representatives sharing their experiences from states that already have expanded Medicaid. Speakers included Patricia Boozang, M.P.H., Senior Managing Director at Manatt Health, John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, April Grady, Managing Director at Manatt Health, and Michael Deily, Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners.

A variety of Medicaid expansion advocates, opponents and neutral parties then shared their reactions in a panel discussion.


A video of the symposium is above. To watch a particular segment of the video of the meeting, position your mouse over the playbar on the video and click at the appropriate time point (see below for the video time point for each segment), then click the play arrow. (The length of the entire recording is 2:58:06)

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  • Introduction: Start at the beginning of the meeting.
  • National evidence and waiver approaches to Medicaid expansion: (video time point at 10:50) Coverage rates, state budgets, health care access and outcomes, waiver alternatives, Patti Boozang, Senior Managing Director, Manatt Health.
  • Michigan studies: (video time point at 34:14) Expansion effects on access to care, physical and mental health, ability to work, increased financial outcomes for enrollees and hospitals, John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan.
  • Montana results: (video time point at 53:04) Access and coverage outcomes, increased SUD treatment, April Grady, Director, Manatt Health.
  • Utah update: (video time point at 1:09:09) Recent developments, tiered approach, match rate, Michael Deily, Senior Advisor, Leavitt Partners.
  • Panel Q&A: (video time point at 1:23:13).
  • Kansas Stakeholders Panel: (video time point at 1:45:53):
    • Adam Proffitt, Director of Program Finance and Informatics, KDHE;
    • Michael Austin, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Government, Kansas Policy Institute;
    • Audrey Dunkel, J.D., Vice President of Financial Advocacy, Kansas Hospital Association;
    • Kyle Kessler, Executive Director, Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Inc.; and 
    • Kari M. Bruffett, Vice President for Policy, KHI.

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.