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Snapshots: How Changes in Medical Technology Affect Health Care Costs

Health expenditures continue to grow very rapidly in the U.S.  Since 1970, health care spending has grown at an average annual rate of 9.8%, or about 2.5 percentage points faster than the economy as measured by the nominal gross domestic product (GDP).  Annual spending on health care increased from $75…

Using Payment to Promote Better Medicaid Managed Care for People with AIDS

This paper suggests methods of financing managed care for people with HIV or AIDS.Note: This publication is no longer in circulation. However, a few copies may still exist in the Foundation's internal library that could be xeroxed. Please email order@kff.org if you would like to pursue this option.

Snapshots: Wages & Benefits: A Long-Term View

Recent polls show that a substantial portion of families worry about whether their incomes will keep pace with rising prices generally and whether they will have to pay more for health care or health insurance.1 This concern about the cost of health insurance may result in part from the rapid increases…

Key Findings: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 – April 2008

This document presents key findings from the April 2008 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008, which tracks changes in the saliency of health as a political and policy priority, what the public’s priorities are for a health reform plan, and whether any candidates are breaking through with the public with…

Medical Liability Reforms: Comparison of the Candidates’ Proposals

Medical Liability Reforms: Comparison of Candidate’s ProposalsBush-Cheney1Kerry-Edwards2Supports a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages and a reasonable cap on punitive damages.Supports limiting a party’s share of total damages to their proportionate share of blame for the injury inflicted.Supports action to allow providers to review best practices without fear of litigation.Opposes capping…

Snapshots from the Kitchen Table: Family Budgets and Health Care

This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) illustrates the financial struggles of many families in the United States and shows the central role of health care costs and coverage in a household’s economic stability. The report, , is based on interviews with 27…

Pulling it Together: This Could Be the Next Big Issue in Health Reform

No, this is not about “death panels.” The town hall meetings.  The media coverage of the town hall meetings.  Media polls about how the American people feel about the town hall meetings.  And even the media myth busting and fact checking about the most extreme claims made at the town…

Pulling it Together: When Premiums Go Up 39%

Our group that works on health care cost issues just updated an analysis that sheds light on what’s really happening to people in the individual health insurance market, the issue Secretary Sebelius, a former Kansas insurance commissioner, and others have put in the spotlight by calling on Anthem and other…