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Health Care In New Orleans: Progress and Remaining Challenges

On Dec. 3, 2009, Diane Rowland, the Foundation Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, delivered this testimony on the post-Katrina recovery efforts to restore health care to the New Orleans area before the U.S.House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Testimony…

Explaining Health Reform: Questions About the Temporary High-Risk Pool

The health reform law creates a temporary national high-risk pool to provide health coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions who have been uninsured for six months. It is a temporary measure designed to bridge the gap until the implementation of other coverage provisions in the law that will take…

Five Key Questions About Medicaid And Its Role in State/Federal Budgets and Health Reform

This fact sheet highlights key issues about Medicaid, including the structure, financing and purpose of the program, its role for low-income beneficiaries, its share of the federal budget and state budgets, and the significant implications of the coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Fact Sheet (.pdf) Related chartpack: Five…

Medicaid and HIV: A National Analysis

This report considers Medicaid’s current role in providing health coverage for people with HIV. It analyzes national enrollment and spending patterns for Medicaid enrollees with HIV, looking at key demographics, Medicaid eligibility pathways, services and geographic distribution. It also compares Medicaid enrollees with HIV to their counterparts without the disease,…

Secrets to Success: An Analysis of Four States at the Forefront of the Nation’s Gains in Children’s Health Coverage

This analysis, based on site visits and interviews with key stakeholders, examines the experiences of Alabama, Iowa, Massachusetts and Oregon in significantly improving health coverage of children in recent years through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Several common themes underlie these states’ successful efforts: At least one state…

Quality Care for Less Money: Can Regional Successes Go National?

On February 15, the Kaiser Family Foundation hosted an event featuring a PBS documentary with former Washington Post correspondent T.R. Reid – U.S. Health Care: The Good News – which explores efforts to provide low-cost, quality health care in the U.S. The film looks at variations in health spending across…