Nearly 327,000 Kansans, or about 14 percent of the population, are uninsured and will be eligible for coverage through the insurance marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this total, about 253,000 have a full-time worker in the family. About 140,000 are between 18 and 35 years old, and 180,000 are male. Nearly 217,000 of the uninsured are white (66 percent), while 28,000 are African-American (9 percent) and 52,000 (16 percent) are Latino/Hispanic. Because Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature have yet to allow a federal expansion of Medicaid, many of these uninsured Kansans will fall into a coverage gap in which they won’t qualify for Medicaid or for tax credits to help them purchase private insurance.
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