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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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April 07, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Implications of an Aging Primary Care Physician Workforce in Kansas (April 2020)

Kansas has a shortage of primary care physicians, many of whom are nearing retirement age. This has serious implications for an aging population. As physicians retire, will there be enough new physicians to replace them, especially in rural areas of the state? What can Kansas policymakers do to address the primary care physician shortage? Learn more in our new issue brief, the second in a two-part series examining the primary care workforce in Kansas.

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April 07, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Defining the Primary Care Workforce in Kansas (April 2020)

Kansas, like the U.S. as a whole, is experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians. While nurse practitioners and physician assistants also provide primary care, Kansas statute requires them to practice according to an agreement with a physician. How many licensed clinicians are in the primary care workforce in Kansas? Do most new physicians trained in the state stay in Kansas? Learn more in our new issue brief, the first in a two-part series examining the primary care workforce in Kansas.

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July 15, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Who Are the Remaining Uninsured Adult Kansans? (July 2019)

Despite gains in health insurance coverage since 2009 for nonelderly Kansas adults age 19-64, many remain uninsured. Based on the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 201,275 (11.9 percent) nonelderly Kansas adults were uninsured in 2017. This issue brief builds on information presented in the 2019 Annual Insurance Update to describe in detail those nonelderly Kansas adults who remain uninsured, including their employment, educational attainment and citizenship status.

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January 26, 2016 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Issue Brief: An Alternative Path to State-Specific Health Reform

For Kansas and other states that have been opposed to the content and philosophy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a section of the law provides an opportunity to opt out of some of its key requirements beginning in 2017. Section 1332 of the ACA allows states to apply for a waiver to implement alternative strategies to providing citizens with access to affordable health care.

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January 06, 2016 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Issue Brief: 2016 Kansas Legislative Preview

KHI has released an issue brief that previews health-related issues that may arise during the 2016 legislative session. Health policy bills were at the forefront of many legislative discussions last session. It is likely that key themes in these bills will return in 2016, especially since it is an election year for legislators. The brief also looks at new issues that may be considered and provides an overview of the state’s fiscal year 2016 budget, which will likely occupy much of the legislature’s time this session.

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July 07, 2014 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Annual Report Describes Insurance Coverage in Kansas

The Kansas Health Institute has released its Annual Insurance Update, providing an in-depth look at insurance coverage in the Sunflower State. The report examines public and private insurance coverage using data from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS).

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