Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues…

Rising Health Pressures in an Economic Recession: A 360-Degree Look at Four Communities

This report draws on interviews and focus groups in four communities to examine at the grassroots levels the experiences of families, employers, safety-net providers and community organizations in four U.S. communities hard hit by the recession. The communities are Beloit, Wisc.; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; and Sonoma, Calif.

The report explores the financial and personal struggles of families who have suffered economic reversals and lost health coverage, forcing many to juggle bills and postpone visits to the doctor while they scramble to find a new job. It reveals that many people who have lost jobs are exhausting their savings and collecting limited unemployment benefits, and yet still do not qualify for public safety net programs such as Medicaid.

Report (.pdf)

icon_video_audio.gif Video: On the Edge: Health Care in a Recession

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/KaiserFamFound

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.