The number of Kansans with KanCare – the state’s privatized Medicaid program – has increased about 7.5 percent since last year, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The most recent data, from April, shows that total Medicaid enrollment was 426,360 people. In April 2013, it was 396,374.
Sara Belfry, a spokeswoman for the KDHE, said the state was not surprised to see the increase. State officials attribute the increase to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the federal level influencing the Medicaid enrollment.
Some officials have referred to the increase as the “woodwork effect,” with more people learning about enrollment options or hearing they are eligible for different programs while trying to sign up for other insurance.
The KDHE had temporarily delayed eligibility reviews as part of the conversion to the Affordable Care Act-mandated Modified Adjusted Gross Income methodology and the transition to our new eligibility system.
However, eligibility reviews have since resumed, Belfry said.