More Americans Get Health Insurance – But Not Kansans | Area

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WICHITA — Federal pandemic programs that propped up nationwide health insurance rates in 2021 ultimately didn’t lead to increased coverage in Kansas — meaning that, for the first time in decades , Kansans are significantly less likely to have health insurance than the US population as a whole.

As millions of Americans have lost their jobs and with it their employer-based health insurance, the federal government has enacted sweeping relief measures to help people access coverage. These programs contributed to a marked drop in the rate of uninsured Americans in 2021 to match an earlier record high of 8.6%, according to new data recently published by the Census Bureau.

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