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Access to Care: Is Health Insurance Enough?

This policy brief focuses on access issues facing the low-income population generally and Medicaid beneficiaries specifically. The brief examines how well Medicaid beneficiaries have fared in obtaining access to care, the types of access barriers that confront Medicaid beneficiaries, and the issues and options for addressing these barriers.Policy Brief: Access…

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…

The Pill: From Prescription to Over the Counter

A summary of the research and opinions of leading reproductive health experts on the pros and cons of making oral contraceptives available “over the counter” without a doctor’s prescription. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser Forums program, an ongoing series of issue-specific briefings at which policy makers,…

Condoms in the Schools

Researchers, educators, lawyers, and public opinion experts address the health and value issues involved in the debate over whether condoms should be available in U.S. schools today. Individual papers discuss existing programs and research, funding and policy options, and legal considerations. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser…