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The Part D Experience: What are the Lessons for Broader Medicare Reform?

Launched in 2006, Medicare added a prescription drug benefit that relies entirely on private plans, while, for other benefits, beneficiaries have a choice between private health plans and traditional fee-for-service Medicare. As policymakers consider changes to Medicare that would give an even greater role to private health plans in caring…

Seniors and the 2012 Presidential Election

This data note draws primarily on two national surveys, the September Kaiser Health Tracking Poll and the Kaiser 2012 National Survey of Seniors, to examine how health issues are playing as a 2012 election issue for seniors, how this politically important group feels about a variety of policy proposals related…

Toplines: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — July 2009

This document contains the toplines from the July Health Tracking Poll. The survey was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and was conducted July 7 through July 14, 2009, among a nationally representative random sample of 1,205 adults ages 18 and older. Telephone interviews…

Liking the Pieces, Not the Package: Contradictions in Public Opinion During Health Reform

Public opinion played a prominent role during the recent health care reform debate. In a published Health Affairs article, Kaiser researchers examine past and present polling and show that opinion tracked with historic patterns and was relatively stable, even if the contentious public debate suggested a volatile public mood in…

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 – June 2008

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 poll finds that the recent economic downturn continues to create serious financial problems for most Americans. When asked about the impact of recent economic changes, nearly six in 10 adults (59 percent) report having a “serious problem” with one of seven major…

2008 Update on Consumers’ Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information

2008 Update on Consumers’ Views of Patient Safety and Quality InformationAn updated examination of consumers’ views on health care quality information reveals major challenges remain in providing the public with comparative quality information and encouraging its use. The 2008 Update on Consumers’ Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information finds…

Low-Wage Workers and Health Care

This brief is based on a survey conducted this summer by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University to focus on the experiences and challenges facing the lowest paid members of the American workforce. Low-wage workers rate “getting more affordable health insurance” as the top priority for…