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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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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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June 04, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

The Role of Hospitals in Population Health (June 2019)

There is growing interest among hospitals and health systems to expand their focus outside the walls of their institutions to improve population health. To explore this interest, the Kansas Health Institute recently surveyed hospitals in Kansas and talked with hospital leaders around the state and nation about the role of hospitals and health systems in population health.

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December 07, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Advancing Population Health: Kansas Hospitals Share Their Stories (December 2018)

While treating patients remains a cornerstone mission, Kansas hospitals increasingly are moving outside the walls of their facilities to engage in activities aimed at improving the health of their communities. KHI, in collaboration with the Kansas Hospital Association, conducted in-depth interviews with eight hospital leaders and their staff or partners from across the state to learn more about population health activities Kansas hospitals are implementing.

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December 07, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

The Value of Population Health and Strategies for Engagement (December 2018)

Hospitals and health systems are cornerstones of their communities. They not only treat illnesses and injuries, but also contribute to the local economy through employment and business opportunities. They also are becoming more engaged in population health. They believe that patient outcomes can improve and costs can be lowered if they address issues in their communities such as transportation, housing and access to healthy food. Learn more by watching this video, produced in collaboration with the Kansas Hospital Association.

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