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The Future of Retiree Health Benefits: Challenges and Options

Tricia Neuman, Vice President and Director of the Medicare Policy Project testified before the House Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations on retiree health coverage for older Americans. The statement describes the health needs of aging adults and the importance of health insurance coverage at a time in their lives when they…

The Role of Medicaid in State Budgets

A new policy brief examines the role of Medicaid in state budgets, the reasons behind rising growth in the program, and explores strategies for states to cope with higher spending in tough economic times. Policy Brief Also see recent publications on maintaining health coverage and securing Medicaid in today's economy

Health Insurance for Unemployed Workers

Submitted testimony of Diane Rowland, executive director of the Commission, about health insurance options for unemployed workers. She was scheduled to testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, but the hearing was postponed.

Medicaid and State Budgets: An October 2001 Update

An update to “Medicaid Budgets Under Stress: Survey Findings for State Fiscal Year 2000, 2001, and 2002.” This paper was commissioned to evaluate how several states’ fiscal outlooks have changed since September 11.

Access to Care and Use of Health Services by Low-Income Women

This article, by Ruth Almeida and Lisa Dubay of the Urban Institute and Grace Ko of Brown University, examines the effect of insurance on low-income women’s access to care and use of health services. Using the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families, it examines access to health care for three…

Medicaid Support for Family Planning in the Managed Care Era

As the largest source of public funding for contraceptive care in the United States, Medicaid plays a crucial role in financing family planning services and supplies for millions of low-income women across the nation. In the past 15 years, managed care has become the primary way of delivering care to…

How Are Safety Net Hospitals Responding to Health Care Financing Changes?

A new background report sums up how multiple trends have led to a situation where safety net hospitals are feeling more financial pressure and are challenged to subsidize the unprofitable care of theuninsured.Background Paper For a more extensive discussion read our larger report from the same study.

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