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Access to Care for the Uninsured: An Update

As the Census Bureau releases the latest data on health insurance coverage, prior research has shown that health insurance coverage improves access to care and health outcomes. New data from the Kaiser 2003 Health Insurance Survey updates what is known about barriers to access to health care.Chart Pack (.pdf)

Medicaid Moving Forward

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicaid program, the populations it serves, the services it covers, how care is delivered, and how the program is financed. Medicaid’s expanded role under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other important changes in Medicaid stemming from the health reform law are highlighted.

American Indians and Alaska Natives: Health Coverage and Access to Care

American Indians and Alaska Natives: Health Coverage Access to Care, Fact SheetA fact sheet examining health coverage and access to care among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This fact sheet is an update to a KCMU fact on the subject issued in June 2000 (#2198).Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Summary Of Early Observations Of The Transition Of Immigrant Families From A Medicaid Look-Alike Program To Basic Health In Washington State

In 2002, the state of Washington eliminated state-funded Medicaid look-alike coverage for certain immigrant families. These families then became eligible for more limited coverage in the state's Basic Health program. This report details the process of this transition and the outcomes for coverage and access for these individuals.Research Brief (.pdf)

Dimensions of New Contraceptives: Norplant and Poor Women

Leading reproductive health and family planning experts consider the social policy and public health implications of Norplant, a long-acting method of birth control. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser Forums program, an ongoing series of issue-specific briefings at which policy makers, health experts, practitioners, and others discuss…

The California Single-Payer Debate, The Defeat of Proposition 186

A report summarizing the campaigns of proponents and opponents to the California Health Security Act (Proposition 186) of 1994. The report includes findings from research commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation on the potential financial and administrative impact of the Act on California, as well as an analysis of the…

Managed Care For Low-Income Populations with Special Needs: The Tennessee Experience

This paper provides a targeted review of Tennessee’s experience providing health care to individuals with special needs under TennCare, its Medicaid managed care initiative. The first part reviews the experience of TennCare Partners, the behavioral health carve-out program created in 1996. The second part reviews how TennCare’s structure affects the disabled and chronically ill.

How Are Safety Net Hospitals Responding to Health Care Financing Changes?

A new background report sums up how multiple trends have led to a situation where safety net hospitals are feeling more financial pressure and are challenged to subsidize the unprofitable care of theuninsured.Background Paper For a more extensive discussion read our larger report from the same study.

Protection For Consumers In Managed Care Plans: A Comparison Of Medicare, Medicaid and the Private Insurance Market

This policy paper describes key requirements of consumer protection regulation under Medicare, Medicaid and federal and state laws as they apply to private health insurance. These include choice and availability of plans, disclosure of information, marketing, access, quality, and the grievance and appeals process. The discussion highlights differences and similarities…

Trends in Health Plans Serving Medicaid — 2000 Data Update

Trends in Health Plans Serving Medicaid — 2000 Data UpdateAn updated study follows trends in commercial health plan participation in Medicaid managed care and includes new analyses on the performance of Medicaid-dominated and commercial plans on measures of effective care and access to care, and on the extent to which…