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Comparison of Medi-Cal and Healthy Families Programs for Children in California

A new side-by-side examination of California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal) and CHIP program (Healthy Families) shows how these two low-income health coverage programs differ in structure, eligibility, enrollment process, service delivery and scope. This California case study helps to illustrate differences between Medicaid and CHIP.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Health Insurance and Health Care

Racial and ethnic groups in the United States continue to experience major differences in health status compared to the majority white population. Although many factors affect health status, the lack of health insurance and other barriers to obtaining health services markedly diminish minorities’ use of both preventive services and medical…

Immigrants’ Access to Health Care

Immigrants account for 20 percent of the uninsured. There are many reasons for immigrants' lack of coverage, but the welfare reform law of 1996 was significant in restricting Medicaid eligibility for certain immigrant populations. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has produced new reports on immigrant health care:…

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…

Reaching Out to California’s Uninsured Children: Increasing Enrollment in Medi-Cal and Healthy Families — Issue Brief

Reaching Out to California's Uninsured Children: Increasing Enrollment in Medi-Cal and Healthy Families — Issue BriefA 2-page issue brief that discusses ways to increase enrollment of eligible but uninsured children in California's Medi-Cal and Healthy Families Programs, barriers to such enrollment, and successful outreach and enrollment strategies undertaken by other…

Welfare Reform and Medicaid Coverage of Low-Income Families

This publication is the written testimony of Barbara Lyons, Ph.D., deputy director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, who testified to the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. The May 2000 hearing was on the relationship of Medicaid and the…

KFF: Health Coverage for Low-Income Children

Health Coverage for Low-Income ChildrenThis fact sheet, last updated in March 2000, discusses health insurance status of low-income children and reviews current programs to provide coverage to this population. It outlines characteristics of uninsured low-income children and reviews consequences of their lack of coverage. It then describes the role of…

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…