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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

States Sustain and Expand Coverage For Low-Income Children and Families Despite Recession, But Gains Are Threatened By Impending End of Federal Assistance

New 50-State Survey Illustrates Key Role of CHIP Reauthorization and the Federal Stimulus Law in Safeguarding Coverage    WASHINGTON  – Despite the deep recession, most states have managed to safeguard and, in some cases, expand health coverage for children and parents in their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs in…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Navigating Medicare and Medicaid, 2005: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates

This guide explains the critical role Medicare and Medicaid have come to play in the lives and the futures of roughly 20 million children, adults, and seniors with disabilities – and gives people with disabilities new information to help them get the most from these programs.Full PDF Report (.pdf)Section 1:…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Characteristics of the Uninsured: Who Is Eligible for Public Coverage and Who Needs Help Affording Coverage?

This brief analyzes health coverage data and determines that 25% of the nation's uninsured population is eligible for either Medicaid or SCHIP. The brief goes on to describe the characteristics of the population. Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Family Coverage Under SCHIP Waivers

Currently, eleven states cover parents with SCHIP funds via a federal waiver. This paper examines these programs and considers them within the context of the states' efforts to cover children. Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

NPR/KFF/HSPH Survey: Public Views on SCHIP Reauthorization: Topline

These toplines present detailed survey results from an October 2007 survey conducted jointly by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health on the public’s views and opinions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the pending legislation surrounding its reauthorization. Toplines (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Coverage for Children and Families in Medicaid and SCHIP:  State Efforts Face New Hurdles

Health Coverage for Children and Families in Medicaid and SCHIP: State Efforts Face New HurdlesThe seventh annual 50-state survey of eligibility rules, enrollment and renewal procedures, and cost-sharing practices in Medicaid and SCHIP for children and families reports that nearly two-thirds of states expanded access to Medicaid and SCHIP between…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Care and Coverage of the Nation’s Children: A Resource Page

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are serving as an important safety-net for children during the current recession. These programs have contributed to a decrease in the uninsured rate for children, but many eligible children remain uninsured despite the availability of Medicaid and CHIP coverage today. Provisions to…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Option for States to Provide Federally Funded Medicaid and CHIP Coverage to Additional Immigrant Children and Pregnant Women

This fact sheet provides state-level data from a Kaiser survey that found that a large number of states are using state funds to provide health coverage to legal immigrant children and pregnant women through Medicaid, CHIP or another state program. Under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009,…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Individuals with Special Needs and Health Reform: Adequacy of Health Insurance Coverage

This issue brief examines the health care needs and health costs of individuals with special health challenges, focusing on those with low-to-moderate incomes. It finds that even under a benefit package more generous than most offered in the private insurance market, individuals and families can face significant gaps in coverage…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Coverage in an Economic Downturn: Impact of Tight Budgets on Families and States

The economic downturn has strained family finances and prompted some Americans to cut back on medications and forgo preventive care and visits to the doctor. At the same time, the downturn has triggered declines in tax revenue that inhibit states’ ability to meet rising Medicaid program costs as enrollment spikes…

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