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Medicare and Low-Income Beneficiaries

As part of The Faces of Medicare, a collection of fact sheets profiling the characteristics and health needs of different groups of Medicare beneficiaries, highlights key facts about Medicare’s low-income population, who have have greater health needs than those with higher incomes.Fact Sheet

Medicaid and Managed Care: Implications for Low-income Women

This commentary reviews Medicaid’s role for low-income women and examines the implications Medicaid managed care on the delivery of health services to this vulnerable population. Today 40% of the Medicaid population, mostly poor women and their children, is enrolled in managed care. Medicaid agencies are hoping managed care will control…

Variations in State Medicaid Buy-in Practices for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: A 1999 Update

This report updates a 1997 Foundation report to assess how states are implementing financial protections for the 16 million Medicare beneficiaries who are low-income. These protections, generally referred to as “buy-in programs,” help low-income Medicare beneficiaries meet Medicare's cost-sharing requirements by using state Medicaid programs to pay either all or…

Medicaid and Children: Overcoming Barriers to Enrollment

Findings from a National SurveyThis national telephone survey of low-income parents represents a major effort to better understand the barriers to Medicaid enrollment and to test the usefulness of ideas to facilitate enrollment in a quantitative way. Examining both parents of uninsured children who appear eligible for Medicaid and parents…

Managed Care and Low-Income Populations: Case Study of Managed Care in Maryland

This report analyzes Maryland's Medicaid managed care program, HealthChoice, an ambitious and broad-reaching effort to reform the financing and delivery of health care for over 300,000 low-income individuals. Implemented in 1997, HealthChoice contains certain innovative features not found in many other state reform efforts, such as protections for traditional providers…

Managed Care and Low-Income Populations in Florida: 1996-1998 Update

This report, Managed Care and Low Income Populations in Florida: 1996-1998 Update, updates our 1996 case study of Florida's Medicaid managed care initiatives and their effect on low-income populations. The focus of this report is on how the program has matured and how it has affected access to care and…

National Survey on Poverty in America

Americans aren’t thinking a lot about the poor these days. A new survey by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government found that only about one in 10 Americans names poverty, welfare, or something similar as one of the two top issues government should address.…

Pieces of the Puzzle

A new report describes the Report to Congress by the Department of Health and Human Services on consumer protection and quality assurance requirements for Medicaid managed care and discusses the differences between the original Federal rule and the revised one.Report Executive Summary

NewsHour/Kaiser Survey Underscores Difficulties Faced by Those Without Health Insurance

The National Survey on the Uninsured from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the Kaiser Family Foundation is this year's first nationwide survey on Americans' attitudes about the growing uninsured population and the difficulties uninsured people face getting medical care. The survey also assesses public attitudes on options to address…

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