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Health Insurance Coverage of Low-Wage Workers

This fact sheet summarizes the reasons why low-wage workers are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance than workers with higher incomes and therefore, are more likely to be uninsured. Fact Sheet

The Key to the Door: Medicaid’s Role in Improving Health Care for Women and Children

This article, authored by Diane Rowland, Alina Salganicoff, and Patricia Keenan of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, assesses Medicaid’s contributions as a public financing program for health insurance coverage for the poor over the last three decades. It reviews Medicaid’s impact on the low-income population and discusses…

Medicaid Support for Family Planning in the Managed Care Era

As the largest source of public funding for contraceptive care in the United States, Medicaid plays a crucial role in financing family planning services and supplies for millions of low-income women across the nation. In the past 15 years, managed care has become the primary way of delivering care to…

Welfare, Women and Health: The Role of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

This issue brief reflects on lessons learned from research about the connection between welfare policies and low-income women's health. The brief discusses the multiple aspects of the TANF program that can influence women's health and well-being, including access to health insurance, work requirements and training options, links to health care…

Key Facts: Women and HIV/AIDS

Women comprise a growing share of new cases of AIDS in the United States. In 1986, women only represented 7% of new cases of AIDS. By 1999 that share had risen to nearly one quarter. Not only do women represent an increasing share of persons with AIDS, today they represent…

Managed Care and Low-Income Populations: A Case Study of Managed Care in Tennessee

TennCare represents one of the most ambitious state-level efforts to restructure Medicaid and expand insurance coverage to the uninsured. The case study shows that the rapid change caused considerable confusion for patients, providers, and health plans. The TennCare experience provides early insights into the issues that states will face as they move to enroll more of their low-income populations into managed care arrangements.

Managed Care And Low-Income Populations: A Case Study of Managed Care in Oregon

To gather early insights and timely information for state and federal policymakers concerning how the movement to managed care is affecting the poor and their access to care, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund are jointly sponsoring case studies and population surveys in California, Minnesota, New…

Analysis of the California Health Security System (Proposition 186)

An analysis of the potential financial impact of the California Health Security Act — the single payer initiative defeated by voters on the November 1994 ballot — on the state's budget and health expenditures, businesses, and families. Potential barriers to implementation such as waivers, exemptions, and legislative changes, particularly with…

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