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April 25, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

New Federal Incentive Lowers the Estimated Cost of Medicaid Expansion (April 2022)

Approximately 148,000 Kansans, including 109,000 adults and 39,000 children, are estimated to newly enroll in KanCare if Medicaid were to be expanded in January 2023. Expansion would offer a coverage option to nearly 88,000 adults who currently fall in the “Medicaid coverage gap,” and a new federal incentive has changed the financial equation for states that have not yet expanded Medicaid. This issue brief provides an updated estimate of the impact that expanding Medicaid coverage would have on KanCare enrollment and expenditures.

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July 27, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist — Extended Postpartum Coverage: A New Medicaid Option for States (July 27, 2021)

In response to ongoing concerns about high maternal mortality rates, some states have extended or have requested regulatory authority to extend Medicaid benefits to new mothers for up to a full year after giving birth. Though Kansas is not in the group of states actively seeking to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage, the state's program currently provides extended coverage for all beneficiaries in a continuous eligibility period associated with the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE). This A Kansas Twist blog highlights maternal health outcomes and the options states have for extending postpartum coverage in Medicaid.

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February 10, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid Expansion Estimates and the Effects of COVID-19 (February 2021)

With the passage of ballot initiatives in 2020, Missouri and Oklahoma joined Nebraska and Colorado to completely surround Kansas with states that have already expanded or will soon expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. That changing landscape, combined with a new federal administration and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, is likely to influence debate over Medicaid expansion in Kansas in 2021. This issue brief updates previous Kansas Health Institute estimates of the impact a potential expansion of Medicaid would have on KanCare enrollment and costs.

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June 09, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

2020 County-Level Enrollment in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace (June 2020)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final summary enrollment data on April 2, 2020, for the seventh open enrollment period of the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What percentage of the population in your county selected a plan? Approximately how many people in your ZIP Code enrolled? How many people in your county selected a dental plan? Learn more in our latest publication.

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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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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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