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Shaping the U.S. Global Health Policy Agenda: Key Considerations for the Future

In the latest post in the Policy Insights series, Jen Kates and Josh Michaud outline eight questions that are likely to shape the U.S. global health response in the last two years of the current presidential term and beyond. Follow Jen Kates and Josh Michaud on Twitter, and access previous columns…

New Report Examines NGO Engagement in U.S. Global Health Efforts

A new Kaiser Family Foundation report finds 135 different U.S.-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) received U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funding in 2013 to implement U.S. global health programs on the ground. The report aims to shed light on the extent of the role of NGOs in carrying out U.S.…

Analysis: Global Health Funding in the FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Act 

The FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Act contains $5.4 billion in emergency funding to address the Ebola crisis – a significant increase in total U.S. support for global health. Aside from the additional funding for Ebola, global health funding remained essentially flat at $9.2 billion, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation…

Medicare Spending Limits: Issues and Implications

Several major deficit-reduction plans include provisions that would impose an explicit limit on the growth in Medicare spending. In general, such limits would trigger cuts if Medicare spending grows more rapidly than a target, such as the growth in the economy. This brief prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation describes…

The Story of Medicare: A Timeline

Written and produced by Foundation staff, The Story of Medicare: A Timeline serves as a visual timeline of Medicare’s history, including the debate that led to its creation in 1965 and subsequent changes, such as the passage and repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act in the 1980s, the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003, and the Affordable Care Act in 2012.

Quick Take: Key Considerations in Evaluating the ACA Medicaid Expansion for States

A central goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to significantly reduce the number of uninsured by providing a continuum of affordable coverage options through Medicaid and new Health Insurance Exchanges.  Following the June 2012 Supreme Court decision, states face a decision about whether to adopt…

Budget Tracker: Status of U.S. Funding for Key Global Health Accounts

This resource provides regularly updated information on the status of U.S. funding for key global health programs throughout the budget and appropriations process. It includes a detailed breakdown of each major account as presented in the President’s budget request and in relevant appropriations bills as they proceed through Congress. It will be updated as needed. 

Donor Funding for Health in Low – and Middle – Income Countries, 2001-2007

Donor governments, including the United States and European nations, provide the bulk of international funding for health in low- and middle- income countries each year. Despite significant increases in such funding, however, it still falls short of need as estimated by the World Health Organization’s Commission on Macroeconomics and Health.…