Census Says Number of Uninsured Kansans Drops
Associated Press - August 30, 2013 5:20 pm
The Kansas Department of Revenue has made changes at its driver's licenses offices because of the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.
U.S. Census Bureau data shows the number of Kansans without insurance declined in 2011.
The Wichita Eagle reports that nearly 349,000 Kansans under age 65 were uninsured in 2011, which is about 14.4 percent of the state’s population. That compares with about 380,500 people who were uninsured in 2010, or about 15.8 percent of the Kansas population.
Compared with the percentage of uninsured under 65 in other states, Kansas is in the middle at 22nd lowest in the nation.
Johnson County, in suburban Kansas City, had the lowest uninsured rate in the state at 9.9 percent. Southwest Kansas counties tended to have higher percentages of uninsured.
The lowest number and rate of uninsured in Kansas in the last six years of data was in 2008, with about 305,000 uninsured.
(Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)