Research Category: Policy


Kansas Medicaid: Experiences of adults with serious mental illness

August 19, 2017

This project surveyed Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) enrollees with serious mental illness (SMI) about their experiences with the KanCare program. In particular, the project sought to assess participants’ overall satisfaction with KanCare, their access to services, and their unmet needs. The authors surveyed a total of 189 KanCare enrollees using services...


Exploring Medicaid Block Grant Financing

June 5, 2017

This report explores the differences in coverage of the current Medicaid program, block grant, and per capita cap.


Kansas Medicaid: Evaluating Program Satisfaction, Access to Care, and Unmet Needs of Adults with Serious Mental Illness

May 31, 2017

This project surveyed Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) enrollees with serious mental illness (SMI) about their experiences with the KanCare program. In particular, the project sought to assess participants’ overall satisfaction with KanCare, their access to services, and their unmet needs. The authors surveyed a total of 189 KanCare enrollees using services...


A pathway to a reformed and expanded MO HealthNet system

May 30, 2017

This document offers a pathway to a competitive, accountable, and simplified MO HealthNet (Missouri’s Medicaid program). HCF developed the pathway by getting feedback about Medicaid reform and expansion from Missourians who are directly involved in MO HealthNet: • Stakeholders (health providers and advocates for MO HealthNet such as physicians, hospitals,...


Budget Basics: Family & Community Supports

February 1, 2017

Missouri’s budget supports a number of services that are aimed at promoting healthy and stable families, individuals, and communities. Very little general revenue is used to fund these programs and most are funded entirely with federal dollars.


Budget Basics: Child Welfare

Child welfare programs focus on the safety and protection of children and youth in Missouri. Preventing child abuse and neglect (CA/N) has profound implications, not only for protection of children in the short-term, but to prevent damaging and costly long-term consequences. The lifetime cost of CA/N per child has been...


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...


Reducing tobacco retailer density: A local tool to prevent tobacco use

July 1, 2016

Licensing and zoning are both tools that may be used to impact tobacco retailers. Both licensing and zoning enable governments to condition retailing, as well as to control the number or location of retailers. Licensing is commonly used to regulate business operations, and zoning is used to regulate the use...


Local opportunities to support school-based behavioral health: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing physical health, mental health, oral health, and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and other school health providers positively impact students’ health and learning....

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