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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

Summary of Findings: Privatization of Public Hospitals

This Summary presents background, findings, and data from the Economic and Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) full report, Privatization of Public Hospitals. Section I provides background about public hospital conversions, including the role of public hospitals, reasons for conversion, the mechanisms of conversion and new ownership entities, and analysis of national…

Medicaid and State-Funded Coverage for Adults:  Estimates of Eligibility and Enrollment

Medicaid and State-Funded Coverage for Adults: Estimates of Eligibility and EnrollmentLack of health insurance coverage for low-income adults remains a pressing policy challenge. In 2002, low-income adults who were uninsured accounted for nearly half of the uninsured population. This report provides an overview of nonelderly adult eligibility for and enrollment…

Enrolling Children and Families in Health Coverage: The Promise of Doing More

The 50 state survey of enrollment simplification and renewal procedural reforms, shows that states continue to take steps to transform the Medicaid program from its origins as a welfare-based program into something resembling a more traditional health insurance program. Report (.pdf) >>All 50-State Children’s Health Coverage Reports

Transitional Medical Assistance and Welfare Reauthorization

Cindy Mann, senior fellow of the Commission, testified to the House Subcommittee on Health of the Energy and Commerce Committee on the role of Transitional Medical Assistance in providing health coverage to parents who obtain low-wage jobs that disqualify them for Medicaid. Please note: the video is no longer available.…

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