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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Crunch Continues: Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy in the Midst of a Recession

This annual 50-state survey finds that number of people on Medicaid and state spending on the program are climbing sharply as a result of the recession, straining state budgets and pressuring officials to curb costs despite increased financial help from the federal government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid Beneficiaries and Access to Care

The health reform law relies on a large expansion of Medicaid to reach many low-income uninsured people, many of them adults. This fact sheet summarizes Medicaid beneficiaries’ experience in obtaining access to care, a subject that is of keen interest in view of the planned expansion of the program. Medicaid…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Getting the Most Bang for Our Health Reform Buck: Enrolling and Retaining Everyone Who’s Eligible

As Congress looks for ways to increase access to health care, existing programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are often overlooked. Yet enrolling those who are eligible for such programs is one of the easiest ways to expand coverage. This briefing, co-sponsored by Alliance for Health…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus Program: Moving Forward on Health Reform Amid a Recession

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus Program, a three-year-old initiative that merged the state’s three distinct Medicaid programs for children, parents and pregnant women into a single comprehensive health coverage program. It also expanded eligibility to provide near-universal coverage for children and greater coverage for…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Oral Health in the U.S.: Key Facts

This fact sheet provides data on oral health care coverage and access for children, nonelderly adults and Medicaid beneficiaries, including state-by-state data on measures such as the share of adults who have had a dental visit within the past year. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Resuming the Path to Health Coverage for Children and Parents: A 50-State Update on Eligibility Rules, Enrollment and Renewal Procedures, and Cost-Sharing Practices in Medicaid and SCHIP in 2006

Maintaining and expanding health coverage for children and parents will likely be in the forefront of health care policy debates in Washington and state capitols in 2007. With states generally in better financial shape since the fiscal crisis earlier in the decade, many have expressed interest in improving access to…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Enrolling Children in Medicaid and SCHIP: Insights From Focus Groups With Low-Income Parents

This focus group report explores the perceptions, motivations, and experiences of low-income parents enrolling their children in Medicaid and SCHIP. The 11 focus groups were conducted in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami in early 2007. Report (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Determining Income Eligibility in Children’s Health Coverage Programs: How States Use Disregards in Children’s Medicaid and SCHIP

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an August 17, 2007, directive that would restrict states’ flexibility to continue to apply income disregards when determining eligibility for Medicaid and SCHIP coverage for expansions to children above 250 percent of the federal poverty level. This issue brief describes the purpose…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Reports and Other Resources on Trends in Children’s Health Coverage

With Congress poised to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) with a substantial increase in its federal funding, there are potentially new opportunities for reducing the estimated 9 million uninsured children nationwide. At the same time, the nation’s weak economy and growing unemployment is resulting in fewer families…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Protecting Children During the Recession: Spotlight on State Health Coverage Efforts

The beginning of the recession, from December 2007 through December 2008, led to an increase in the overall number of uninsured. Despite a 1.5 million increase in the number of uninsured adults, however, the number of uninsured children declined by 800,000 during this time period. States have played a key…

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