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December 12, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

2020 Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (December 2019)

This is the seventh year of open enrollment for the Kansas health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The more than 80,000 Kansans who are likely to buy insurance on the marketplace will find that: there are more choices of plans available for 2020; premiums are relatively stable compared to last year; and out-of-pocket costs have gone up again. How much are monthly premiums in different areas of the state? And how could Advance Premium Tax Credits and other assistance reduce costs for low- to middle-income Kansans? Find the answers to these and other important questions in our new brief, 2020 Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.

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October 23, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

State Budget Explainer (October 2019)

When Governor Laura Kelly first presented the Governor’s Budget Report for 2020, it took 869 pages in two volumes to explain – in addition to a 171-page report comparing it to what the Legislature adopted. The details are necessary but overwhelming. The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) produced a series of five infographics to explain the budget in a more simplified manner.

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June 04, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

The Role of Hospitals in Population Health (June 2019)

There is growing interest among hospitals and health systems to expand their focus outside the walls of their institutions to improve population health. To explore this interest, the Kansas Health Institute recently surveyed hospitals in Kansas and talked with hospital leaders around the state and nation about the role of hospitals and health systems in population health.

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December 07, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Advancing Population Health: Kansas Hospitals Share Their Stories (December 2018)

While treating patients remains a cornerstone mission, Kansas hospitals increasingly are moving outside the walls of their facilities to engage in activities aimed at improving the health of their communities. KHI, in collaboration with the Kansas Hospital Association, conducted in-depth interviews with eight hospital leaders and their staff or partners from across the state to learn more about population health activities Kansas hospitals are implementing.

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December 07, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

The Value of Population Health and Strategies for Engagement (December 2018)

Hospitals and health systems are cornerstones of their communities. They not only treat illnesses and injuries, but also contribute to the local economy through employment and business opportunities. They also are becoming more engaged in population health. They believe that patient outcomes can improve and costs can be lowered if they address issues in their communities such as transportation, housing and access to healthy food. Learn more by watching this video, produced in collaboration with the Kansas Hospital Association.

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October 22, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

How Can Kansas Hospitals and Health Systems Engage in Population Health? (October 2018)

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) collaborated on a population health initiative to assess the engagement of Kansas hospitals and health systems in population health and identify resource needs for this work. As part of the initiative, a survey was conducted to better understand the efforts of Kansas hospitals in the area of population health, including definitions of population health, strategies utilized, benefits and challenges. This issue brief reveals the findings from the survey.

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October 03, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance (October 2018)

STLDI is a type of health insurance coverage originally designed to allow consumers to fill temporary gaps in coverage they might experience when transitioning from one health plan to another, for example, when changing jobs or relocating. Under the requirements applicable to individual health insurance coverage established under the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), STLDI is not considered individual health insurance and is not subject to the market reforms and other requirements of the ACA.

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September 28, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Building Interest in Population Health Among Hospitals and Health Systems (September 2018)

There has been growing interest within the health care sector to engage in work to improve population health. In part, this interest was sparked by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires nonprofit hospitals to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). The evolution toward value-based payment models may further incentivize hospitals’ involvement in population health.

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September 17, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Understanding the Tobacco 21 Initiative and Implementation of Tobacco 21 Laws (September 2018)

Tobacco 21 is a tobacco control initiative which prohibits retailers from selling tobacco products to anyone under age 21. It aims to delay or prevent tobacco use, and to reduce minors' access to tobacco products by interrupting the supply available from high school peers age 18–20. This report is intended to be an accessible and informative resource for persons interested in understanding the Tobacco 21 initiative and the implementation of Tobacco 21 laws in Kansas and the U.S.

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