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New Publications on Immigrant Health Care and Linguistic Access

In 2000, there were over 32 million foreign-born residents in the U.S. Immigrants often face barriers to health coverage and health services. The disparities confronting immigrants can be similar to those faced by low-income working families generally, but immigrants also face other barriers, including linguistic issues and eligibility changes that…

Health Care Coverage and Access for Hispanics: How Does It Differ Across America

A new report from the Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured finds that as the Hispanic population grows and moves beyond urban centers, Hispanics in “new growth communities” face greater barriers to health care than those in cities considered “major Hispanic centers.” By 2003, the uninsured rate for…

Medicaid and SCHIP Eligibility for Immigrants

Immigrants in the U.S. face increasing challenges securing health care coverage. They have less access to employer-sponsored insurance than native citizens and face tighter restrictions on their eligibility for Medicaid and SCHIP, the nation’s major public health coverage programs for low-income children and families. This fact sheet provides an overview…

Fact Sheet: Young African American Men in the United States

This fact sheet highlights key information about the education, health and overall status of young African American men, including comparisons to other groups. It was released at a July 2006 event, “Paths to Success: A Forum on Young African American Men.”Fact Sheet (.pdf)

The Role of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage for Immigrants: A Primer

Access to employer-sponsored health insurance is declining for all families living in the United States, and this problem is especially acute for immigrant families. Employer-sponsored coverage is a particularly important source of insurance for immigrant families since their eligibility for public coverage through Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance…

Pulling It Together: A Recovery Raises Expectations Too

New Orleans is a city still struggling with the aftermath of Katrina and the levee breaks. The people of New Orleans feel that the nation and the federal government have largely forgotten them. Those are the results of our 2008 survey of the people of New Orleans, the second in a…

Putting Women’s Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level

This Kaiser Family Foundation report documents the persistence of disparities between white women and women of color across the country. It provides a rare and comprehensive state-level look at disparities among women of different races and ethnicities on a broad range of indicators of health and well-being, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer, and access to health insurance and health screenings.

CHIP TIPS: New Federal Funding Available to Cover Immigrant Children and Pregnant Women

This brief examines a new option under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 that allows states to receive federal funds for providing Medicaid and CHIP coverage to lawfully residing immigrant children and pregnant women regardless of when they entered the country. Previously, states had been prohibited from…

The Effects of the Economic Recession on Communities of Color

This issue brief examines some of the challenges associated with employment, daily life and access to health care among racial minorities, who tend to be disproportionately affected by many of the consequences of economic hard times. High unemployment rates, coupled with vast differences in savings and wealth, have left many…

Overview of Health Coverage for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency

This brief provides an overview of the population of people in the United States with limited English proficiency (LEP) and describes their access to health coverage and care. There were 21.1 million such individuals in 2010, accounting for nearly 9 percent of the nonelderly population. Most are Hispanic, Spanish-speaking adults.…