Project to enhance the State's capacity to coordinate policy formulation on health issues

The Foundation's State Coverage Initiatives was designed to help states plan and develop insurance market reforms, Medicaid reforms, and other significant health care financing and delivery changes.The purpose of this project is to expand health care coverage for the uninsured, provide more equitable coverage for the poor, and enable more secure coverage for all of a state's citizens. The primary objectives of this project are: (1) the effective implementation of HealthWave, the State of Kansas' Children's Health Insurance Program expansion; and (2) development and implementation of enhanced state purchasing strategies. To increase HealthWave's impact, the State plans to intensify outreach efforts by analyzing the results of state-funded household surveys to identify eligible children and target them for enrollment. The State will monitor continuously how the coverage expansion impacts Medicaid take-up rates and employer-based coverage, as well as analyze how benefits differ among public programs and between public and private programs. As a major step toward developing enhanced state purchasing, Kansas will pursue incorporation of approximately 75,000 school district employees into the state's health care purchasing program. This initiative, which would result in 10 percent of the State being covered through the state pool, requires consideration of issues related to benefits design, choice of participation, and establishment of risk pools. To further promote consolidated purchasing, the State also will conduct an examination of the high costs of health services in Kansas relative to other states, and will work toward revision of an existing tax credit for small group purchasers in order to make it more relevant to the current health care marketplace.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $159,120.00

Awarded on: 1/26/1999

Time frame: 2/1/1999 - 1/31/2002

Grant Number: 36339


State of Kansas Department of Administration

Room 263-E
Capitol Building
Topeka, 66612-1572

Edwin Fonner
Project Director