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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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June 30, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Prescriptions for Change: The Price of Drugs and State Cost Control Strategies (June 2020)

In 1980, prescription drug spending totaled $12 billion, which was less than five percent of U.S. national health expenditures. Forty years later, prescription drugs are projected to account for nearly $360 billion, about nine percent of total national health expenditures. How does the complex pricing and distribution system work? What can state governments do to control prescription drug costs? Learn more in our latest issue brief, which looks at the expanding set of policy levers states can access to control the costs of prescription drugs.

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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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December 11, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Infographic: Health Insurance in Kansas 2018 (December 2019)

In 2018, nearly 1.8 million Kansans were covered by private insurance, almost 830,000 were covered by public insurance and nearly 250,000 were uninsured. Medicaid expansion is a current topic of much discussion in Kansas. If Medicaid were expanded in 2018, how many low-income, uninsured Kansas adults would have become newly eligible for coverage? How many uninsured adults might already have qualified for subsidies to purchase health insurance on the Kansas marketplace? Find these and other answers in KHI's latest Infographic, Health Insurance in Kansas 2018.

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December 10, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Kansas’s Edge Over U.S. Uninsured Rate Has Disappeared (December 2019)

In late October, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest estimates on health insurance coverage. In 2018, the overall uninsured rates in Kansas and the U.S. were similar. However, the similar rates at the present time do not tell the story of the important changes that have occurred over the last 5-10 years. Furthermore, looking only at the overall uninsured rate masks important differences that still exist for some vulnerable groups in Kansas.

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November 13, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Insurance Coverage by Kansas Congressional District (November 2019)

In 2018, there were 250,355 uninsured Kansans representing 8.8 percent of the population. The uninsured rate varied from a high of 10.2 percent in the 4th Congressional District to a low of 7.7 percent in the 2nd District. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this fact sheet details health insurance coverage for Kansans in 2018 by congressional district as well as by age group.

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September 26, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Census Bureau Releases Insurance Coverage Data (September 2019)

In early September, the U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates on health insurance coverage. The 2018 data showed the U.S. uninsured rate had increased slightly, to 8.9 percent, while the uninsured rate was 8.8 percent in Kansas and had not changed significantly. Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released additional, limited data from the American Community Survey for population subgroups. However, statistical tests needed to compare Kansas and U.S. rates and trends over time cannot be performed with the limited data released. This report provides the limited data available at this time and KHI will provide further analysis when more data is released by the U.S. Census Bureau, expected to be in mid-October.

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