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Fact Sheet: Rate of Uninsured Kansans Unchanged from 2012, but Trend Shows More People Receiving Public Coverage

National data for 2013 now available

By Sheena L. Smith, M.P.P., Cheng-Chung Huang, M.P.H. | December 17, 2014

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HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE IN KANSAS: Details from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2013

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New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show an estimated 348,097 (12.3 percent) Kansans didn’t have health insurance in 2013, which is not a significant change from 2012. Kansas had lower uninsured rates across all age groups compared to national rates for 2013. The Kansas Health Institute has developed a fact sheet that details this information.

The 2013 American Community Survey also reported:

  • Fewer Kansans (56.7 percent) obtained health insurance through their employers in 2013, a significant decline since 2009 (59.6 percent). Over the same time period, public coverage increased from 24.8 percent in 2009 to 27.7 percent in 2013.
  • Young Kansas adults age 19-25 are more likely to be uninsured (21.4 percent in 2013) than other ages, however, the percentage of young adults without insurance has decreased significantly from 26.8 percent in 2009.This is at least partly due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which allows young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance policies.
  • 44,130 (6.1 percent) Kansas children were uninsured, lower than the national rate of 7.1 percent.
  • More than one in four Hispanic/Latino Kansans (27.8 percent) and almost one in five Black/African American (18.0 percent) and Asian (19.4 percent) Kansans were uninsured compared to White/non-Hispanics (11.3 percent).

Among the roughly 350,000 Kansans without health insurance in 2013, almost half (43.9 percent) would be eligible for Medicaid if the program was expanded in the state. Expansion would cover people earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (or $32,913 a year for a family of four).

“This new report from the U.S. Census Bureau contains 2013 data and, therefore, covers the year before health insurance was available through the marketplaces created by the ACA,” said Scott Brunner, KHI senior analyst and strategy team leader. “This 2013 dataset establishes an important baseline to help determine how effective the ACA marketplace and government subsidies are in providing affordable coverage and reducing the number of uninsured Kansans.”

→ Download this fact sheet (PDF).

For more information

Contact Lisa R. Jones, Director of Strategic Communications

(785) 233-5443 or ljones@khi.org

The Kansas Health Institute delivers credible information and research enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. The Kansas Health Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and research organization based in Topeka, established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.