Kansas Schramm Raleigh 2007

Kansas – Pricing the Roadmap To Health Insurance Reform Options

By: Schramm Raleigh Health Strategy
Authors: Steven Schramm; Michelle Raleigh, ASA; and Gabe Smith.
Published: November 2007
Financed by: United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Sunflower Foundation, REACH Healthcare Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Legislation analyzed: None (estimates based on authors’ plan).


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Summary

Through preliminary modeling it was clear that only some form of a mandate would effectively eliminate uninsurance in Kansas (Figure 1). After the authorized SB 11 expansion, there will be 260,000 uninsured non-elderly Kansans. Both the Universal Coverage and The Mountain options contain mandatory insurance provisions and leave some 13,000 Kansans uninsured. We describe this as “effectively” eliminating uninsurance in Kansas because, much like the concept of “full-employment” still has upwards of 4% unemployed, so will “full-insurance” have some uninsured. Of the voluntary options, the Reference plan is the most successful at reducing the number of uninsured through a substantial expansion of Kansas’ public programs. All of the original options would face major barriers to implementation, but each modeled option provided insight for the KHPA into what reform changes might best be combined to lower the number of uninsured Kansans.