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February 11, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid Expansion Bill Tracker (February 2021)

On February 1, Governor Laura Kelly announced a new proposal to expand eligibility for Medicaid in Kansas as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. The proposal builds on previous legislation to expand the program but creates a new funding mechanism for the state share of expansion: revenues from the legalization of medical marijuana. This new table summarizes the main policy elements of previously proposed legislation to expand Medicaid in Kansas, and how those provisions relate to the new proposal announced by the Governor.

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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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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 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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June 25, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

What Kansas Can Learn from Medicaid Expansion in Other States (June 2019)

Almost nine years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 36 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs. Fourteen states, including Kansas, have not. This issue brief examines different state approaches to expansion, as well as enrollment and cost trends and the effects of expansion on health outcomes and state economies.

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