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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Six Years Later

In 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts’ comprehensive health reform designed to provide near-universal health insurance coverage for state residents. Building on a long history of health reform efforts, the state embarked on an ambitious plan to promote shared individual, employer, and government responsibility. This brief examines Massachusetts’ experience with…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How States Are Responding to the Challenge of Financing Health Care for Retirees

State governments are an important source of health insurance coverage for retired state employees. Confronted with rising health care costs, budget deficits, and an overall downturn in the economy, this report describes how states are responding to the challenge of financing health care for retirees who tend to be sicker…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Publications on Immigrant Health Care and Linguistic Access

In 2000, there were over 32 million foreign-born residents in the U.S. Immigrants often face barriers to health coverage and health services. The disparities confronting immigrants can be similar to those faced by low-income working families generally, but immigrants also face other barriers, including linguistic issues and eligibility changes that…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care Coverage and Access for Hispanics: How Does It Differ Across America

A new report from the Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured finds that as the Hispanic population grows and moves beyond urban centers, Hispanics in “new growth communities” face greater barriers to health care than those in cities considered “major Hispanic centers.” By 2003, the uninsured rate for…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health Plans: Are They An Option for Low-Income Families?

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a type of medical savings account that allow consumers to save for medical expenses on a tax-fee basis. They are linked with high deductible health plans (HDHPs), and together these insurance and savings options represent a new approach to health care, commonly referred to as…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid Enrollment in 50 States: December 2002 Data Update

Medicaid Enrollment in 50 States: December 2002 UpdateThis Medicaid enrollment report finds that overall growth moderated in 2002 and was greatest for families, children and pregnant women. Report (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Survey of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are at risk in the health-care system because of their wide-ranging health-care needs, their relatively heavy use of prescription drugs, health-care and support services, and typically low incomes. A new survey of people with permanent mental and/or physical disabilities explores their health-care experiences and challenges in accessing…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Toplines: The Public’s Health Care Agenda

These toplines provide the complete survey questions and findings from The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the New Congress and Presidential Campaign, conducted jointly by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health between November 9 and 19, 2006. The survey looks at the public’s priorities and…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Publications Examine SCHIP Experience; Trends in Access to Medicaid and SCHIP Coverage

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

Report: Giving Voice to the People of New Orleans: The Kaiser Post-Katrina Baseline Survey

This May 2007 Kaiser Family Foundation report is the first of several that will track the progress and challenges facing people living in the New Orleans area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. To conduct the study, a team of 41 interviewers visited 456 randomly selected census areas, documented the…

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