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November 20, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

CDC Report Shows Mask Mandates in Kansas Contributed to Fewer COVID-19 Cases (November 2020)

This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the CDC found that new cases of COVID-19 decreased 6 percent in Kansas counties with a mask order, and increased 100 percent in counties without one. The findings are based on analysis of cases before and after the July 3 effective date of the original mask order issued by Gov. Kelly. The report was produced collaboratively by the CDC, KDHE and KHI.

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October 23, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist—Reopening Plans for Kansas Counties: Mask Orders/School Mitigation (October 23, 2020)

With record numbers of COVID-19 cases being reported across the state, counties in Kansas continue to evaluate and update their public health measures, including mask orders and school mitigation strategies. As of October 15, 33 of 105 Kansas counties had at least one public health restriction in place. Of these, 24 counties included a mask order, and at least eight cities located in counties without mask orders had implemented their own mask ordinances. A little more than two-thirds of the state population are covered by such orders, essentially the same as two months ago. Read this and more about county actions on COVID-19 in the latest update to "A Kansas Twist: Reopening Plans for Kansas Counties."

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September 04, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Uninsured Rates Across Kansas Counties (September 2020)

In 2018, uninsured rates in Kansas varied widely by county, region and population density. Understanding the health insurance landscape in Kansas prior to COVID-19 could help policymakers as they work to mitigate the health and economic consequences of the pandemic. Learn more in our new series of fact sheets.

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September 03, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: Census Self-Response Rates Vary Widely Across Kansas (September 3, 2020)

The Decennial Census is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, determine state legislative districts, and influence how billions of dollars in federal funding flow to states and communities. The Census Bureau recently announced that data collection will end on Sept. 30. The good news for Kansas is that, as of Aug. 31, 2020, 92.1 percent of households had been enumerated. However, the rate varies widely across Kansas, with self-response rates much lower in some rural counties. Learn more in our newest edition of A Kansas Twist.

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July 08, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: Increasing Health Care Workforce Capacity During COVID-19 (July 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the U.S. health care system and highlighted existing health care workforce shortages. In response, many states have tried to expand their workforce capacity to care for those with COVID-19. Most approaches that states have taken are consistent with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Governors Association, and include actions like modifying provider scope of practice, recruiting retired or inactive providers and easing restrictions on telemedicine, among others. This edition of A Kansas Twist focuses on two of those approaches — modifying scope of practice and recruiting retired or inactive providers — and how they have been implemented in Kansas in response to the pandemic.

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June 12, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: COVID-19 & Equity (June 12, 2020)

Nationally and in Kansas, there has been growing concern about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. A newly released heat map from the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California Berkeley shows that Kansas ranked 37 of 44 states for the largest racial disparity in coronavirus deaths. Data available from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) present much the same picture. While Blacks make up just 6.1 percent of the state population, they comprise 25.4 percent of the 236 deaths due to coronavirus for which race is reported. This edition of A Kansas Twist provides information on the equity task forces that have been formed around the country and describes data that highlight the uneven burden of disease in Kansas.

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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 12, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

HI-C: Health Impact Checklist (February 2020)

KHI has developed the Health Impact Checklist, a new toolkit that community stakeholders — such as local health departments, hospitals, planners, engineers, community members and community-based organizations — can use to help decision makers understand the potential positive and negative impacts of policies on the health of communities. Check out the toolkit and examples of how it could be used for city, county and state policies.

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December 12, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

2020 Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (December 2019)

This is the seventh year of open enrollment for the Kansas health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The more than 80,000 Kansans who are likely to buy insurance on the marketplace will find that: there are more choices of plans available for 2020; premiums are relatively stable compared to last year; and out-of-pocket costs have gone up again. How much are monthly premiums in different areas of the state? And how could Advance Premium Tax Credits and other assistance reduce costs for low- to middle-income Kansans? Find the answers to these and other important questions in our new brief, 2020 Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.

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October 23, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

State Budget Explainer (October 2019)

When Governor Laura Kelly first presented the Governor’s Budget Report for 2020, it took 869 pages in two volumes to explain – in addition to a 171-page report comparing it to what the Legislature adopted. The details are necessary but overwhelming. The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) produced a series of five infographics to explain the budget in a more simplified manner.

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