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April 29, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Growth During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 2021)

Enrollment in KanCare has risen since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Data suggest that this increase in enrollment has been driven primarily by the state’s decision, in response to federal incentives, to continue eligibility for KanCare enrollees throughout the pandemic. However, even with the increase in enrollment, this continuing coverage policy has reduced overall state KanCare costs due to an increase in the federal match rate. This issue brief provides an overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic and related policy response has affected enrollment in KanCare and how it may continue to do so in the future.

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April 23, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist—Following the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Kansas (April 23, 2021)

In partnership with the Kansas Association of Counties and the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, the Kansas Health Institute surveyed county officials to gain their perspective on vaccine demand. We asked if, in the week of April 4, 2021, demand for vaccine was greater than the supply, about equivalent to the supply or if demand for vaccine was less than the supply. The latest installment of A Kansas Twist provides their answers. It is part of a blog series highlighting the steps taken – and the challenges that remain – in achieving herd immunity and in ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably.

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April 23, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist—Reopening Plans for Kansas Counties (April 23, 2021)

Kansas cities and counties are beginning to relax COVID-19 restrictions, and most Kansans now live where no mask order is in place. While the surge in cases that other states experienced after spring break has not come to Kansas, the number of new cases is no longer falling. This edition of A Kansas Twist provides an update on local restrictions in place as of April 13.

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April 19, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid Expansion and Main Street (April 2021)

The potential effects of Medicaid expansion on businesses in Kansas is a relatively under-addressed question. While other studies have looked at the macroeconomic effects of expansion – for example on tax revenues and state economies – no study has examined potential effects on industries and businesses in Kansas as employers. This report estimates that employees switching to Medicaid from employer-sponsored insurance would save private-sector employers in Kansas between $39.6 million and $80.6 million per year. Employers could experience non-financial effects of Medicaid expansion as well, including a healthier workforce. This report was prepared by the Kansas Health Institute for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas.

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March 05, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Kansas Adults — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 5 (March 5, 2021)

With Kansas in Phase 2 of the state COVID-19 vaccine rollout, it is important to understand who has already been or intends to be vaccinated, who is uncertain about it, and the reasons that might prevent people from getting vaccinated. The Household Pulse Survey considers those who report they “would probably,” “would probably not” and “would definitely not” get a vaccine as “uncertain” about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This brief describes the self-reported intentions of Kansans about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and leading reasons for hesitancy in mid-January, 2021.

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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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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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