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Definitions: Medicaid Enrollment is the average monthly number of children (age 0 to 18.9) enrollment in the Medicaid program.

Data Source: Kansas Health Institute's analysis of Medicaid/CHIP data on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Data Analytic Interface.

Footnotes: Medicaid income eligible children are those who live in families with income <150% FPL if age under 1, <133% FPL if age 1-5, < 100% FPL if age 6-18 before 2015. Starting 2015, the new income cutoffs are income <172% FPL if age under 1, <150% FPL if age 1-5, < 114% FPL if age 6-18 in Kansas. The definition of family size is different between American Community Survey and Kansas Medicaid, which may lead to a different income to poverty ratio result for a household/family by the two programs. The ratios are greater than one because children with higher income may be enrolled through other eligibility categories such as medically needy,  SSI, disabled, foster care, TANF, pregnant women, AIDS drugs, etc. In 2014, Kansas Medicaid income eligibility criteria did not change and number of children in poverty decreased, yet the Medicaid enrollment increased.  One reason may be the easier application process aligned with the marketplaces. Starting FY2016 the income eligibility for age 6-18 changed to 133%, resulting in the CHIP to Medicaid (M-CHIP) conversion. The number of children enrolled in Medicaid increased in CY2016 due to the "M-CHIP" conversion, when CHIP children age 6-18 between 113%-133% FPL were converted to Medicaid coverage.