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…
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A new background report highlights health coverage trends for children in Los Angeles County, examines some of the factors behind Medi-Cal enrollment growth, and attempts to draw relevant lessons for other counties and states. Also see “First Glance at the Children’s Health Initiative in Santa Clara County, California”.
This issue brief explores how California and other states are attempting to preserve a meaningful set of benefits under Medicaid during the current budget crisis, when services are most needed and state resources are most scarce. This brief is being distributed in Sacramento at the latest California Health Policy Roundtable…
Health Insurance Premiums and Cost-Sharing: Findings from the Research on Low-Income PopulationsThis policy brief reviews studies on the impact of premiums and cost-sharing, particularly on low-income populations, and finds that premiums generally depressed participation in public programs and cost-sharing affected health utilization, access and outcomes. Policy Brief
This report includes case studies of how seven states (California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Washington) coped with budgetary problems and how these problems impacted Medicaid and SCHIP.Report
A new Commission report of state experiences after eliminating the Medicaid asset test reveals that the action cut administrative costs, improved program efficiency, and increased access to health care.
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)
Explaining Health Reform: Eligibility And Enrollment Processes For Medicaid, CHIP and Subsidies in the Exchange
The new health reform law will require most U.S. citizens and legal residents to have health coverage by 2014. It provides new options for coverage by expanding Medicaid eligibility to more low-income people and creating a state-based system of health insurance exchanges through which individuals can purchase coverage, with federal…
This brief provides an overview of children’s coverage leading up to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a review of changes for children included in the ACA, and a look at issues leading up to the reauthorization of the CHIP program.
An article in the January/February 2001 issue of Health Affairs by Judith Feder, Larry Levitt, Ellen O’Brien, and Diane Rowland assesses how best to expand health insurance coverage for the low-income uninsured. The article concludes that despite flaws in existing public programs, which can and should be remedied, strengthening programs like Medicaid…