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October 30, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Infographic: Health Insurance in Kansas 2019 (October 2020)

Health insurance is considered essential to access high-quality health care and offers protection from excessive medical bills. Throughout the year, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) provides detailed information about insurance coverage in Kansas to enrich ongoing discussion of health coverage options in Kansas and on the national level. This infographic provides a high-level overview of insurance coverage for 2,872,404 Kansans in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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October 29, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: Virtual Event and Issue Brief — Surprise Medical Bills (October 29, 2020)

If you live in Kansas, there is a good chance you have had to pay a medical bill that you thought would be covered by insurance. What causes these “surprise” medical bills and why are consumers in Kansas more likely to receive them than consumers in most other states? What are policymakers around the country doing to protect consumers? Register now for this virtual event to learn more about this issue and to hear from a panel of experts who will discuss what can be done to protect consumers from surprise medical bills.

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October 16, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Insurance Coverage By Kansas Congressional District (October 2020)

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this fact sheet details health insurance coverage for Kansans in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, by congressional district and age group. The uninsured rate varied from a low of 7.9 percent in the 2nd Congressional District to a high of 10.3 percent in the 4th District. The statewide rate was 9.2 percent, representing 262,392 uninsured Kansans.

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September 18, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: Health Insurance Coverage in Kansas - 2019 (September 18, 2020)

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, the disproportionate effect of the pandemic on people of color and lower-income Americans has become clear. While health insurance coverage has lagged for those populations for many years, in some states the gap has been closing. Understanding the health insurance landscape prior to COVID-19 could help policymakers as they consider health insurance coverage options. This edition of A Kansas Twist looks at the latest estimates on health insurance coverage, released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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September 17, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: Virtual Event — Prescriptions for Change (September 17, 2020)

How does the maze of retail prescription drug pricing and distribution work in the United States? What are the implications for consumers and payers attempting to navigate it? On Sept. 17, 2020, the Kansas Health Institute held a virtual event to explore these issues and help shed light on the complex system and the options state policymakers across the country are using to rein in costs. Watch the video and learn more in the accompanying issue brief.

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September 04, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Uninsured Rates Across Kansas Counties (September 2020)

In 2018, uninsured rates in Kansas varied widely by county, region and population density. Understanding the health insurance landscape in Kansas prior to COVID-19 could help policymakers as they work to mitigate the health and economic consequences of the pandemic. Learn more in our new series of fact sheets.

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August 03, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Annual Insurance Update 2020 (August 2020)

In the United States, health insurance coverage is often tied to employment. Before COVID-19 affected the Kansas economy, employment-based insurance was the most common source of coverage. Now, many Kansans have lost their jobs and possibly their health insurance coverage. Understanding the insurance landscape in Kansas prior to COVID-19 might help anticipate what changes in coverage are on the horizon. Learn more in our new report, Annual Insurance Update 2020: Health Insurance in Kansas.

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March 05, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: What Would Repeal of the ACA Look Like in Kansas? (January 2020, updated March 2020)

On December 18, 2019, three judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued a decision in the case of Texas v. United States (Texas) and held that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional. The courts are now further considering that question and also the much broader question of whether the entire ACA should be declared unconstitutional.

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