Kansas health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Wheat State
How healthy is living in Kansas? The state is in the center of the nation geographically and in health rankings, coming in at 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.
The good news:
- Deaths from cardiovascular disease dropped from 321.1 to 260.3 deaths per 100,000 people over the past ten years.
- While still lagging that of most other states, public health funding has increased by $8 a person over the past five years.
The bad news:
- More than 630,000 adults in Kansas are obese, and 26.8 percent have a sedentary lifestyle.
- The percentage of children in poverty has risen over the past ten years, from 13.6 percent to 21.1 percent.
Best and worst category rankings for Kansas:
- Poor Physical Health Days – 9th
- Poor Mental Health Days – 9th
- High School Graduation – 15th
- Primary Care Physicians – 37th
- Occupational Fatalities – 39th
- Public Health Funding – 46th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Kansas.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Kansas health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Kansas here.
Get local health results
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.
Does Kansas have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Kansas Health Insurance Association
Toll-free 1-800-362-9290 (M-F 8am-5pm)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Kansas started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed 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.