This fact sheet provides a snapshot of global polio eradication efforts and examines the U.S. government’s role in addressing polio worldwide, including current programs, funding, and key issues.
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This fact sheet provides a snapshot of global maternal and child health (MCH) and examines the U.S. government’s role in addressing MCH worldwide, including current programs, funding, and key issues.
This fact sheet provides an overview of U.S. government global health policy and engagement.
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of global neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and examines the U.S. government’s role in addressing NTDs worldwide, including current programs, funding, and key issues.
This fact sheet examines the U.S. government’s role in international family planning and reproductive health worldwide, including the history of U.S. government involvement, current programs and funding, and key issues.
Every May the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) come together for the World Health Assembly, a key forum for discussing global health issues. This year’s Assembly, to be held in Geneva on May 18-26, is particularly important as member states, including the U.S., reflect on the global response…
Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals often face challenges and barriers to accessing needed health services and, as a result, can experience worse health outcomes. Recent policy changes have the potential to impact how LGBT individuals access and receive health care. This issue brief examines population characteristics of the LGBT community including demographics, health challenges such as chronic conditions, HIV/AIDS epidemic and STIs, mental health and substance use, sexual and physical violence, adolescent and young adult health, and access to care and insurance coverage. Additionally, this brief examines the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and other policy changes related to same-sex marriage on insurance coverage and access to health care services.
This brief reviews the role of Medicaid in financing and enabling access to family planning services for low-income women; discusses how states have expanded access to these services with Medicaid; and highlights future programmatic challenges in the context of the health care delivery and coverage reforms resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Health Insurance Coverage in 2013: Gains in Public Coverage Continue to Offset Loss of Private Insurance
The recession accelerated the long-standing decline in employer-sponsored health insurance and through 2013 most of the recovery in the uninsured rate was due to increased enrollment in public insurance, primarily Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With the exception of young adults ages 19 to 25, who are able to remain on their parents’ health plan until age 26 under the ACA, ESI coverage rates for adults and children continued to decrease between 2010 and 2013.