Research Category: Health Reform


Infographic: Health Insurance in Kansas, 2015

February 10, 2017

This infographic depicts insurance coverage in Kansas for 2015, the second full year following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the latest-available data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (2015) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The infographic also breaks down the...


NASHP Chart – An Overview of ACA Provisions and Their Repeal Implications for States

January 24, 2017

Much has been written about the impact of ACA repeal on consumers and health insurance markets. With this chart NASHP provides an overview of ACA provisions and snapshot of the implications to states if the ACA is repealed. States are the primary regulator of insurance and as such had laws...


Medicaid in Missouri

January 1, 2017

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health and long-term care coverage to more than 977,000 low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in Missouri. Medicaid is a major source of funding for safety-net hospitals and nursing homes. Federal policy proposals could fundamentally change the...


Medicaid in Kansas

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health and long-term care coverage to more than 416,000 low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in Kansas. Medicaid is a major source of funding for safety-net hospitals and nursing homes. Federal policy proposals could fundamentally change the...


United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps

August 2, 2016

The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The law implemented comprehensive reforms designed to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care.


Policy Statement on Medicaid and Access to Care

January 20, 2016

The Kansas and Missouri Medicaid programs currently offer no coverage to childless adults and very low income eligibility limits for parents. Absent Medicaid expansion, the coverage system in both Missouri and Kansas has a large coverage gap that leaves hundreds of thousands of residents behind, because they make too much...


Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the Kansas State Budget

December 8, 2015

The cost of Medicaid expansion in Kansas is projected to average just over $50 million annually between 2016 and 2020. Based on publicly available data and the experiences of states that expanded in 2014, it appears that Kansas should be able to generate sufficient savings and revenue gains to cover...


Insights Audit: MO HealthNet Reform Context Report

November 23, 2015

Originally intended to be a mandatory requirement, the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling effectively made Medicaid expansion optional for states. To finance the expansion, states receive 100 percent federal matching funds through 2016, 95 percent federal match in 2017, 94 percent in 2018, 93 percent in 2019, and 90 percent...


Why Health Insurance Matters for Missouri Women (infographic)

November 7, 2015

Health insurance coverage plays a critical role in the health status of women. Having coverage expands affordability and access to health care services. Women with health insurance coverage utilize critical preventive care such as mammographies and pap tests at significantly higher rates than women without coverage.


Medicaid Expansion Is Critical for Missouri’s Communities

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program to provide health care for millions of uninsured individuals, mainly low-income adults. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that States can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs. If Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program (MO HealthNet) in 2014, the...

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