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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…

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.…

The Four Americas:  Government and Social Policy Through the Eyes of America’s Multi-racial and Multi-ethnic Society

The Four Americas: Government and Social Policy Through the Eyes of America’s Multi-racial and Multi-ethnic SocietyThis report is the first of a series of surveys conducted jointly by The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University examining public knowledge, values and beliefs on major issues and challenges facing our nation, such as…

Immigrants’ Health Coverage and Access

New and recent publications on immigrant health policy explore some of the complex problems the country faces in expanding health coverage to immigrants and provide basic statistics and facts on the current status of their health care. News Release: Recent Immigrants Have Had Little Impact on the Growth in America's…

State Profiles on Women’s Health

State Profiles of Women's Health, by Jacqueline A. Horton, ScD, published by the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health , with support from the H.J. Kaiser Family Foundation compiles data from a variety of sources on key indicators of women's health status in a standard four page per state format. A…

Low-Income Adults in New Orleans in 2008: Who Are They and How Are They Faring?

Based on data from Kaiser’s Second Post-Katrina Survey, this Survey Brief profiles low-income adults in New Orleans in 2008, examining their demographics, personal recovery from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, worries and concerns, and financial and health care challenges. It finds that low-income adults in New Orleans are more likely…

CHIP TIPS: Medicaid Performance Bonus “5 of 8″ Requirements

This brief, the second in a series, examines the requirements that states must meet to be eligible for the new “performance bonus” available to states that do an especially good job of signing up eligible children for Medicaid. The bonus, created by a provision in the Children’s Health Insurance Program…

Choosing Premium Assistance: What Does State Experience Tell Us?

Premium assistance programs use federal and state Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) funds to purchase private coverage. Overall, few states have premium assistance programs, but interest in premium assistance remains high. This brief examines six state premium assistance programs (in Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia)…

Ask the Experts About Reform: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?

The Alliance for Health Reform and Eli Lilly co-sponsored this briefing to have an expanded panel of prominent experts answer questions about the current health reform efforts. Questions addressed include: What is the status of major reform bills? How do they differ from each other, and from the plan that…