A Kansas state Senate task force has recommended four steps to improve the health of the states residents and provide affordable and quality healthcare to them, including a market-based approach for insurance coverage.
The Kansas Healthcare Connectorintroduced in a bill on Feb. 6would increase portability and ownership of healthcare policies by individuals; use pre-tax dollars to purchase health insurance wherever possible; expand the role of the consumer in healthcare decisions; and use federal dollars to subsidize premiums.
Other suggestions from the Senate Presidents Task Force on Health Care include a comprehensive tobacco prevention program, expanded screening for newborns from the states current level of four tests to 29, and enhanced efforts to increase participation in insurance programs for children by using online enrollment and outreach programs targeted toward populations that qualify. There are about 46,000 uninsured children in Kansas, 71% of whom qualify for existing programs but do not use them, the task force said in a news release. -- by Jessica Zigmond