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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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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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