Kansas City, MO – The state of Kansas is experiencing a record enrollment in its Medicaid program.
As of this summer, about 290,000 Kansans were signed up. That's more than the state's ever had on the rolls before.
The increase is highlighted in a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. It looked at Medicaid trends across the country over the past decade.
It found that enrollment increased in every state between December 2008 and 2009.
In Kansas, enrollment during that period rose by about seven percent, just below the national average. Missouri experienced a similar increase.
The Kansas Health Policy Authority, which oversees the state's Medicaid program, says the rise in numbers is partly due to the poor economy, as well as a generally aging population, and increased enrollment outreach efforts across the state.
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