The uninsured rates in Kansas and Missouri continue to drop, but not as fast as those in states that have expanded their Medicaid programs.
New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show the uninsured rate in Kansas dropped to 8.7 percent in 2016 from 9.1 percent the year before. That is not a statistically significant change.
Approximately 249,000 Kansans lacked health coverage in 2016, down from about 261,000 the previous year.
The uninsured rate in Missouri declined to 8.9 percent from 9.8 percent the previous year.