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How Private Insurance Works: A Primer

This primer, prepared by Gary Claxton of the Institute for Health Care Research and Policy at Georgetown University, examines the structure and operation of private health insurance including the types of organizations that provide it, how managed care is delivered, and how risk pools work and describes how private health…

National Survey of Small Businesses

A survey finds that two-thirds of small employers say that they are dissatisfied with the cost of health care and health insurance, and about one-third of small businesses that now offer insurance say they are likely to increase the share of costs borne by employees in the next year. Survey…

National Survey of Small Businesses – Toplines

National Survey of Small BusinessesToplines from a new survey that finds that two-thirds of small employers say that they are dissatisfied with the cost of health care and health insurance, and about one-third of small businesses that now offer insurance say they are likely to increase the share of costs…

The President’s Fiscal Year 2003 Budget:  An Overview of Health Programs

The President's Fiscal Year 2003 Budget: An Overview of Health ProgramsA new chartbook describes the government's overall budget situation and examines the health policies and programs proposed in the President's latest budget.Chartbook View a webcast of A Capitol Hill briefing on budgets and health care

Prescription Drug Discount Cards: Current Programs and Issues

As policymakers consider a range of approaches to providing prescription drug coverage to the Medicare population in today s tight budgetary environment, one proposal that has been put forth by the Bush Administration is that of a Medicare-endorsed prescription drug discount card program. This report describes the range of existing…

A Study of Media Coverage of Health Policy 1997-2000

The debate over President Clinton’s national health care reform plan put health care policy at the forefront of the national agenda in 1993 and 1994. After the end of that debate, it remained to be seen whether or not health policy would hold the media’s and the public s interest…

Medicare Chartbook

The Medicare Chartbook includes data and background information critical to understanding the Medicare program and the challenges it faces in keeping up with the rising costs of health care and in ensuring the program s future financial security.

Medicaid and Managed Care

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicaid program’s increasing reliance on managed care to deliver services. Fact Sheet