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The Coverage and Cost Impacts of Expanding Medicaid

This paper quantifies the impacts on coverage and cost of expanding Medicaid to cover more of the low-income uninsured, including adults, at various income levels and with improved participation rates. The analysis models two primary options to expand Medicaid (250% FPL for children, 100% FPL for adults; 300% FPL for…

Rising Health Pressures in an Economic Recession

As millions of people lose their jobs and job-based health insurance during the recession, the Kaiser Family Foundation has several reports and a video that shed light on the rising toll on American families and the public programs that many depend on to fill the gap during times of crisis.…

Rising Health Pressures in an Economic Recession: A 360-Degree Look at Four Communities

This report draws on interviews and focus groups in four communities to examine at the grassroots levels the experiences of families, employers, safety-net providers and community organizations in four U.S. communities hard hit by the recession. The communities are Beloit, Wisc.; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; and Sonoma, Calif.…

How Will Uninsured Childless Adults Be Affected By Health Reform?

This brief examines uninsured childless adults and how they could be affected by health reform, including estimates of how many might qualify for coverage under a Medicaid expansion, how many would be eligible for subsidies and how many would not be eligible for such help. Issue Brief (.pdf)

Children and Health Care Reform: Assuring Coverage That Meets Their Health Care Needs

This issue brief examines the health care needs and health costs of children and analyzes the specific health care needs of two children in particular, including one with serious health challenges. The findings have implications for the health reform debate as policymakers consider minimum standards for coverage, required cost sharing…

Legislative Summary: State Children’s Health Insurance Program

This Fact Sheet summarizes eligibility, benefits and cost-sharing, and financing rules of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program as well as other child-related Medicaid provisions from the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.Fact Sheet Fact Sheet

Talking with Voters About the Uninsured

Ten focus groups were conducted with voters April through July 2001, prior to the tragedies of September 11th and broad public recognition of an economic slowdown. The report, Effective Language and Themes for Talking About the Uninsured, finds that at that time: voters were still surprised by basic facts about…

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