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Insurance Coverage and Access to HIV Testing and Treatment: Considerations for Individuals at Risk for Infection and for Those with Undiagnosed Infection

Of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, approximately 500,000 are not receiving care for their disease. This includes an estimated 250,000 people who do not know they are HIV positive. This article reviews data on insurance coverage and access to HIV testing and treatment,…

Getting to Zero: Saving Children’s Lives with Vaccines

As one of the cornerstones of global health, widespread immunization through vaccines is critical to reducing child mortality and eradicating polio, two goals endorsed by the international community and particularly emphasized by the U.S. government. This live, interactive webcast explores the importance of vaccines in global child survival efforts, including the role of the U.S. government, the GAVI Alliance, and NGOs. Panelists discuss the current state of childhood immunization, global investments in vaccines, and the opportunities and challenges faced by key stakeholders. This webcast is part of “U.S. Global Health Policy: In Focus”, a Kaiser Family Foundation studio webcast series devoted to discussing current and critical issues facing the U.S.

Critical Challenges in the Third Decade of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

On June 5, 2001, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation jointly sponsored a daylong Symposium to mark the 20th year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and focus on the key challenges facing the United States at home and abroad in the epidemic's third decade. This policy brief continues the…

Federal HIV/AIDS Spending: A Budget Chartbook, Fiscal Year 2002

This fifth edition of the Federal Budget Chartbook provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent data on federal funding for HIV/AIDS by agency and major program and in the areas of care and assistance, research, prevention, and the international arena. The chartbook also includes data on spending trends since…

It’s Your (Sex) Life Call-Back Survey – Toplines

It’s Your (Sex) Life Call-Back Survey – ToplinesThis telephone survey of 500 15-25 year-olds who had recently called a toll-free telephone number advertised in Fight For Your Rights safer sex PSAs on MTV and requested a copy of the free informational It’s Your (Sex) Life guide allowed the Foundation to…

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Review of the Contraceptive Coverage Requirement

This issue brief dissects the issues raised by the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that private insurance plans include contraception as part of their coverage of preventive services for women. Over 40 for-profit corporations and over 40 nonprofit corporations have filed lawsuits claiming that the requirement to provide their employees with contraceptives violates their religious rights. On November 26, 2013, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases filed by for-profit corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, that claim that this requirement violates their religious rights. At the crux of these cases is a question that the Supreme Court has not previously addressed: Do for-profit corporations have religious protections under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment? The brief provides background on how the ACA’s contraceptive requirement works, summarizes some of the legal challenges brought by for-profit and non-profit organizations and discusses the implications of potential rulings by the Supreme Court.

Women and Health Care in the Early Years of the ACA: Key Findings from the 2013 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey

This report addresses a wide range of topics that are at the heart of women’s health care, as well as changes that women may experience as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The findings in the report, based off a nationally representative survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, highlight differences in health care for uninsured, low-income, and minority women. Other focus areas include: coverage, access, and affordability; connections to health providers; access and utilization of preventive services; and reproductive and sexual health services for women of reproductive age, such as contraception and family planning services and screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

All Eyes on the Supreme Court: More than Birth Control at Stake

On March 25th, the Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the ACA’s contraceptive coverage rule on religious grounds. These two corporations are Hobby Lobby, a national chain of craft stores owned by a Christian family and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet manufacturer, owned by a Mennonite family. Beyond the impact on the ACA and contraceptive coverage, the Court’s decision may have implications for religious rights of employers and employees, as well as corporate and civil rights laws. This brief examines three fundamental questions raised by some of the 84 amicus briefs that have been submitted to the Court.