Press Releases

Medicaid Expansion and ACA Set to Cost Kansans $4.7 Billion in Next Decade
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March 1, 2013 - Wichita - Leaders in Topeka are considering whether to expand Kansas' Medicaid program now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been partially ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. In doing so, they are presented with cost estimates from a variety of sources across the state and the country. Kansas Policy Institute's estimate from 2011 said that the "Mandate Effect" of the ACA would cost the state $4.1 billion over ten years while an expansion of Medicaid eligibility would cost an additional $625 million, over the same time period. That analysis was written before Medicaid expansion was a choice and a continuation of that analysis was released today by the same author and KPI. Read the full release here.

KPI Statement: Good work on rejecting health insurance exchanges
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November 9, 2012 - Wichita - Today, Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert issued the following statement in response to Gov. Brownback announcing that Kansas will not establish a state-based health insurance exchange. Read the full release here.

KPI On SCOTUS Ruling: Federal Power Expands and Medicaid Presents $4.7 Billion Question to State
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June 28, 2012 - Wichita - Americans are only beginning to digest the impact the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on federal health care reform will have on their lives. Regardless of the practical impact this ruling ultimately has on every-day Kansans, America has a health care problem that needs to be addressed. Kansas Policy Institute argues that the reforms needed should focus on the patient and less government involvement between Kansans and their doctor. Read the full press release here.

KPI Statement On Gov. Brownback's 2012 State of the State Address
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This evening, Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert offered the following statement in response to Governor Sam Brownback's annual State Of The State Address.

Overall Thoughts: "I'm glad Gov. Brownback has identified the things that too many previous administrations and members of the legislature willfully chose to ignore; KPERS, Medicaid, K-12 finance and taxes. While it is nice to see these crises finally get some attention, the state is not moving aggressively enough to save itself from driving off a cliff..." Read the full Press Release

KPERS and Medicaid Poised to Drive Kansas Budget Off a Cliff
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It's no secret that KPERS and Medicaid costs have been growing, but many Kansans may be shocked to learn that those two items could soon consume nearly half of all Kansas State General Fund (SGF) revenue. In 1998, Medicaid and employee pension costs consumed 5.9% of SGF revenue and are budgeted at 24.2% of 2012 revenue. But, even if SGF revenue grows at a slightly-above-average annual rate of 3.5%, KPERS and Medicaid will account for somewhere between 34% and 45.1% of SGF revenue by 2023.

new study from Kansas Policy Institute, "Major Structural Deficits Looming In Kansas," projects General Fund spending under four spending scenarios and three revenue growth assumptions. Read the full Press Release here.

Medicaid Spending Set to Crowd Out Education And Other Gov't Functions
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Full implementation of federal health care 'reform', commonly referred to as ObamaCare, would cost an extra $4.7 billion from the Kansas General Fund budget between 2014 and 2023 - the first ten year period when all of the law's provisions are in effect. Total General Fund spending on Medicaid over that ten-year period is projected to be $20.8 billion, which is 29 percent more than would be spent without ObamaCare. Jagadeesh Gokhale, Ph.D., a member of the Social Security Advisory Board and former senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, writes in a
new paper from Kansas Policy Institute that the mandates will balloon Kansas spending and crowd out the resources available for other government functions such as education and transportation. Read the full Press Release here.