Why Kansans Need Health Reform

Increasingly Kansans are expressing growing concern about access to affordable health insurance.

  • Over two-thirds of uninsured full time working adults in Kansas are employed by firms with less than 25 people.
  • Seventy-eight percent of Kansans feel that funding programs that help small businesses find affordable health insurance is an extremely or very important priority for the state’s health care agenda.*

Kansas faces a number of challenges related to rising health care costs, chronic disease, and health behaviors which impacts health outcomes.

  • Thirty to forty percent of every dollar spent in the U.S. on health care is spent on overuse, underuse, misuse, and duplication.
  • Kansas obesity rates have steadily increased over the last decade for adolescents and adults.  Obesity contributes to a number of health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.  If the current trend continues, by 2020 one out of four healthcare dollars will pay for obesity related treatments.
  • Many Kansans continue to use tobacco.  Twenty percent of adult Kansans smoke contributing to 3,800 deaths annually and $180.4 million in total Medicaid expenditures.

The KHPA goals for health reform in Kansas aim to improve health and pay for smarter health care. We are developing reform options to provide and protect affordable health insurance for all Kansans, pay for prevention and a primary care medical home in order to improve health outcomes, coordinate care, and drive down health care costs, and promote personal responsibility to embrace healthy behaviors, contribute to the cost of health insurance, and use health care dollars more wisely.