Designing a Small Business Subsidy Program for Low-Income Workers in Kansas


The lack of affordable health insurance coverage is a growing crisis for small businesses. In Kansas, where less than half of small firms offer health coverage to their employees, legislation in 2001 enabled creation of a Business Health Partnership to offer the state's small businesses an alternative insurance product that would rely on public subsidies of premiums for low-wage employees. Although the initiative has stalled due to budget constraints, it is anticipated that the Kansas governor will request subsidy funding in 2005 as part of a health reform package. This project will inform state policymakers about the small group insurance marketplace in Kansas, the potential impact of proposals that would use subsidies and tax credits, and the optimum magnitude of these subsidies. If it succeeds, the Kansas approach to covering low-income workers could be a model for other states. Cofunding is being provided by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Kansas
Principal Investigator:
Barbara Langner, Ph.D., M.A.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 13, 2004

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