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Access to Affordable Dental Care: Gaps for Low-Income Adults

This policy brief provides data and analysis of coverage and access to oral health care for low-income nonelderly adults. Lack of resources to pay for dental services, either through dental insurance or out-of-pocket, is a major barrier to oral health care for many low-income Americans. The problem is particularly acute…

Community Health Centers: Can They Plug the Gaps in the Safety Net?

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Centene Corporation sponsored a July 23 briefing to discuss the role of community health centers (CHCs) in providing care to vulnerable populations as employer-sponsored coverage declines and demand for safety-net services increase. Panelists addressed questions such as: How are states and safety-net systems…

Medicaid Eligibility for Families and Children

This paper provides an overview of Medicaid eligibility policy and examines two groups of Americans in particular – low-income children and nondisabled adults under 65 – and summarizes the statutory and regulatory pathways to Medicaid eligibility available to them as individuals. The paper concludes with a discussion of policy options…

Managed Care and Low-Income Populations:  Four Years’ Experience with TennCare

Managed Care and Low-Income Populations: Four Years’ Experience with TennCare This report updates an earlier study of Tennessee’s experience with restructuring their Medicaid programs. It is one of a series of reports from The Kaiser/ Commonwealth Low-Income Coverage and Access Project. This project examines how changes in the Medicaid program…

What Happens When Public Coverage Is No Longer Available?

This policy brief examines national data to determine the share of current enrollees of public health coverage programs who would have alternate coverage options if public coverage were no longer available. The authors estimate that no more than 9 percent of low-income adults would have access to an alternative source…

Health Coverage for Low-Income Parents

The fact sheet summarizes the health coverage of low-income parents, including recent trends, and discusses the current policy challenges related to expanding care for this population. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

New Reports and Briefing Focus on Dental Health Coverage and Access

More than 100 million Americans have no insurance to help cover dental needs. With health reform discussions ongoing, the Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) cosponsored a briefing which examined oral health in the broader conversation of improving quality and expanding access. Three new reports from KCMU…