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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The California Single-Payer Debate, The Defeat of Proposition 186

A report summarizing the campaigns of proponents and opponents to the California Health Security Act (Proposition 186) of 1994. The report includes findings from research commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation on the potential financial and administrative impact of the Act on California, as well as an analysis of the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Testimony before the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry on Protecting Vulnerable Populations

This testimony addresses the issue of access to care for vulnerable populations and the implications of the shift to managed care for these populations. In particular, it focuses on those with low incomes and disabling conditions requiring particular attention in the reshaping of health financing and delivery systems. Testimony:

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Managed Care For Low-Income Populations with Special Needs: The Tennessee Experience

This paper provides a targeted review of Tennessee’s experience providing health care to individuals with special needs under TennCare, its Medicaid managed care initiative. The first part reviews the experience of TennCare Partners, the behavioral health carve-out program created in 1996. The second part reviews how TennCare’s structure affects the disabled and chronically ill.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How Accessible is Individual Health Insurance for Consumers in Less-Than Perfect Health?

This report documents the findings of a study examining access to health insurance coverage in the individual market for people with health problems. Seven hypothetical consumers with varying health conditions were defined and insurers and HMOs in eight different markets around the country were asked to consider them as though…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How Are Safety Net Hospitals Responding to Health Care Financing Changes?

A new background report sums up how multiple trends have led to a situation where safety net hospitals are feeling more financial pressure and are challenged to subsidize the unprofitable care of theuninsured.Background Paper For a more extensive discussion read our larger report from the same study.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Prescription Drug Costs

Prescription Drug CostsDownload a printable .pdf of Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Prescription Drug Costs.IssueBackgroundOptions for for making prescription drugs more affordableAssessing Candidate PositionsIssueHealth care costs in general have grown faster than the economy. Although still only a modest part of total health care spending in the United States…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Responding to the Threat of Bioterrorism:  Is California’s Public Health System Ready? — Issue Brief

Responding to the Threat of Bioterrorism: Is California's Public Health System Ready? — Issue BriefA 4-page issue brief which looks at the threat of bioterrorism and the public health system s role in responding to such an attack. The issue brief also addresses what can be done nationally and in…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

For-Profit Health Care Companies: Trends and Issues – Fact Sheet

The rapid growth of managed care has brought with it a growing connection between the stock market and health care organizations. Health care services have evolved from being delivered by physicians and tax exempt institutions to a market-driven industry attracting investment capital from numerous sources. The market capitalization, or total…

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