Kansas is ranked 24th in the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states. Kansas has consistently rated in the middle of the pack for the past six years.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Kansas, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Kansas started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Kansas's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Kansas Health Wave — Kansas’ SCHIP – helps qualifying low-income families get health insurance for their children ages 18 and under. Under Kansas’ program, adults living in the same household may also qualify for coverage. See the site for more details.
Kansas Department of Insurance – Health Insurance Section — Includes a variety of resources for Kansans seeking health insurance coverage.
Kansas Medicare — Kansas Medicare Wheatlands Administrative Services, a new subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, conducts Medicare business on behalf of the state.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Kansas.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Kansas -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Kansas.
Why health care reform is important to Kansas -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Kansas.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Kansas -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Kansas.
The Kansas Health Institute — Established in 1995 by the Kansas Health Foundation to be an information resource for state policymakers. The foundation made the commitment based on its conclusion that health policy decisions often were based on fragmented, anecdotal and sometimes biased information.
Kansas mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Kansas -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $91 per family in 2012.
11/08/2012 6:11 PM
Kansas Health Institute — Brownback rejected both a state-run exchange and a state-federal partnership. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a moderate Republican, supported either of those models over the federal exchange as they would have given the state the authority to approve which health plans operate on the exchange.
09/25/2012 5:09 PM
The Lawrence Journal-World — Brownback will ignore Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s recommendations on a benchmark plan for the Kansas exchange, despite a Sept. 30 federal deadline. “My administration will not make any decisions regarding the implementation of Obamacare until after the November elections,” Brownback said.
09/05/2012 3:09 PM
The Topeka Capital-Journal — Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger held a public forum to gather feedback on the state’s essential health benefits package. Praeger is proceeding despite opposition to the exchange by Gov. Brownback and Republican legislators.
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