Many kids qualify for Medicaid but lack coverage

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November 4, 2019 - 9:31 AM

CHRIS NEAL / FOR THE KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

GARDEN CITY, Kansas — In 2017, an estimated 38,000 kids in Kansas didn’t have health insurance. That’s according to data recently released by the Kansas Health Institute.

The highest rates of uninsured kids live in the western and southwestern quadrants of the state, but large numbers of uninsured children also reside in the state’s more populous counties. The lack of Medicaid expansion could be contributing to the issue, but experts say it’s likely not the only reason.

Hina Shah, a senior analyst at the Kansas Health Institute, said the nonprofit plans to look at the demographics of the uninsured children.

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