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State’s uninsured rate drops but racial gap widens

For all its problems, the Affordable Care Act is reducing the number of uninsured Kansans – though not nearly as much as it would if Kansas were among states that have expanded Medicaid. In 2014, the first full year of implementation of ACA, the uninsured rate in Kansas was 10.2 percent, down from 12.3 percent in 2013, the Kansas Health Institute reported. However, the drop would have been much greater if Kansas had expanded Medicaid, which could provide health insurance to an additional 150,000 Kansans. Kansas also now has the largest gap of any state between the uninsured rates of whites and those of African-Americans (7.6 percent compared with 17.4 percent). – Phillip Brownlee