This report is designed to serve as an introduction to the Kansas Medicaid program, a state/federal partnership that provided health insurance coverage to approximately 250,000 Kansans in 2008.
Important information in the primer includes:
• The federal government contributes approximately $1.50 for every dollar of state Medicaid spending in Kansas;
• In 2008, Medicaid accounted for nearly 15 percent of the state budget (State General Fund only) and represented a significant portion of total spending on health care services. It was second only to K-12 education in terms of state spending;
• While children and pregnant women comprised two-thirds all Medicaid enrollees in 2008, they incurred less than one-quarter of Medicaid expenditures;
• In 2008, 21 percent of all Medicaid enrollees in Kansas were disabled, but this population incurred 51 percent of total state expenditures for the program;
• Adults that are not parents, pregnant, disabled or elderly are not eligible for Medicaid in Kansas.
Kansas Medicaid: A Primer was jointly produced by the Kansas Legislative Research Department and the Kansas Health Institute, with technical assistance from the Kansas Health Policy Authority.