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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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February 28, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Insurance Coverage in the Medicaid Expansion Target Population (February 2020)

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than a quarter (28.1 percent) of the Medicaid expansion target population is uninsured. Where do the rest obtain insurance? Which counties have the highest uninsured rate and number of Kansas adults potentially eligible for Medicaid, if expanded? How did these low-income adults fare in your county? Find the answers to these and other questions in our latest fact sheet, Insurance Coverage in the Medicaid Expansion Target Population.

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February 20, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid and Social Needs (February 2020)

Many state Medicaid agencies and managed care organizations (MCO) are seeking to improve health outcomes and reduce per person health care spending through interventions that address social needs faced by enrollees. In implementing these interventions, states and MCOs are recognizing that many factors beyond medical care contribute to health outcomes, including social circumstances and environment. How are KanCare MCOs addressing social needs? What is being done in other states? What challenges do Medicaid programs face when implementing interventions? Find the answers to these questions and more in our latest brief.

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February 14, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: How Does the Healthy Adult Opportunity Relate to Medicaid Expansion? (February 2020)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 56-page set of guidelines on January 30, 2020. Dubbed the Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO), the optional demonstration model would allow states to modify the usual rules of the joint federal-state program in exchange for cost controls in the form of block grants — called aggregate caps — or per-capita caps, which would limit how much the federal government would pay.

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January 28, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid Expansion in Kansas: Estimated Enrollment and Costs (January 2020)

Multiple proposals to expand Medicaid for low-income Kansas adults age 19-64 have emerged for consideration in the 2020 legislative session. How could selected components in some proposals, such as premiums or alternate income limits, affect enrollment and costs? This issue brief delves into the details and updates previous Kansas Health Institute estimates of the effect of expansion on KanCare.

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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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