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Privatization of Public Hospitals

This report examines the trends in the closure of public hospitals and their conversion to private ownership. It also provides case studies of communities where major privatizations have occurred. Report (.pdf) Summary of Findings (.pdf)

A Profile of the Uninsured in America

This article presents a profile of the uninsured population in the U.S., providing key facts on its size and demographics and the impact of lack of insurance on access to care and health status.Report:

Welfare Reform and Medicaid Coverage of Low-Income Families

This publication is the written testimony of Barbara Lyons, Ph.D., deputy director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, who testified to the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. The May 2000 hearing was on the relationship of Medicaid and the…

Immigrants’ Health Coverage and Access

New and recent publications on immigrant health policy explore some of the complex problems the country faces in expanding health coverage to immigrants and provide basic statistics and facts on the current status of their health care. News Release: Recent Immigrants Have Had Little Impact on the Growth in America's…

Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports: Key Changes in the Health Reform Law

This issue brief examines new opportunities under the health reform law for states to balance their Medicaid long-term care delivery systems by expanding access to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) programs. The brief outlines key provisions of the new law that expand HCBS benefit options, broaden financial and functional…

Pulling it Together: What Conservatives Are Winning

Conservatives are out of sorts these days about the direction in which health care is headed. They think the new health reform law expands the role of government too much and spends too much at a time when they believe deficit reduction should be a higher priority. The claims about…

Covering the Uninsured:  Growing Need, Strained Resources

Covering the Uninsured: Growing Need, Strained Resources This summary of key findings provides an overview of studies examining trends in health coverage and federal spending on the health care safety net. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Hispanics and the New Medicare Drug Benefit

In a few short weeks, Medicare will undergo big changes that will have a major impact on more than 3 million Hispanic seniors and younger people with permanent disabilities who rely on Medicare for their health coverage. More than one in three Hispanics with Medicare lack coverage for their prescription…