What We're Reading at REACH: Health in the Region

January 14, 2016  |  What We're Reading  | Read More (External Link)

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles and announcements that have caught our attention.

Heartland Health Monitor Series

This week KCUR 89.3 FM introduced a series of stories about health in the region, including stories that highlight health issues in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. One story looks at differences in health outcomes across the two counties, and highlights health data that describes the disparities. Find stories in the series:

From KCUR’s Heartland Health Monitor

KanCare Forum Highlights Business Interests, Legislator Perspectives

A group of more than two dozen hospitals, chambers of commerce, business and health organizations, and foundations sponsored a forum to discuss expansion of KanCare and learn from the experience of Indiana, which secured a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to implement its own state-based approach to Medicaid expansion.

From Heartland Health Monitor

KHI Issue Brief: Uninsured Rate Drops Significantly After First Year of ACA Marketplace

A recently published issue brief by Kansas Health Institute reports on changes in the insurance status of Kansans. The brief analyzes recently released health insurance coverage data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The brief reports that the uninsurance rate for Kansas dropped from 12.3 percent in 2013 to 10.2 percent in 2014 following the first full year of implementation of the health insurance expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

KHI Issue Brief