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June 21, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Marketplace Enrollment Increased Slightly for Kansas in Early 2021 (June 2021)

During the 2021 plan year open enrollment period that ended December 15, 2020, 88,627 Kansans selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a health insurance plan through the federally facilitated marketplace. That represents an increase of 2,790 (3.3 percent) Kansans compared to the previous year. Total enrollment in 2021 is expected to increase because of a special enrollment period (SEP) for the COVID-19 pandemic, which runs from February 15 through August 15, 2021, and additional financial assistance available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This brief and infographic provide summary data on enrollment, enrollee characteristics, plan selection, financial assistance, premiums and stand-alone dental insurance in Kansas. The accompanying maps show 2021 marketplace enrollment in Kansas by county and ZIP code.

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May 24, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Glimpse Into Hospital Prices In Kansas (May 2021)

Lowering the cost of health care is consistently one of the top priorities for Americans, according to public opinion polls. Data from a recently released study by the RAND Corporation show that the prices paid for hospital services by self-insured employers vary at least two- to three-fold in Kansas. The availability of data plays a critical role in understanding variations in health care spending. Additional data would allow for a more robust analysis of overall health care pricing and the associated costs for employers and consumers. This brief provides an analysis on hospital pricing and discusses an opportunity to further improve price transparency for health care services overall.

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January 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Uninsured Rate During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 3 (January 22, 2021)

With the job loss and financial stress of the pandemic there has been great concern that many Kansans could lose their insurance coverage. This issue of Pulse on Kansas looks at the uninsured rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pulse on Kansas reports data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey on important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

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January 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas Issue 2 (January 22, 2021)

The stress and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are just beginning to be understood. This issue of Pulse on Kansas looks at the data for clues on how the pandemic is impacting the mental health of Kansans at different income levels. Pulse on Kansas reports data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey on important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

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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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