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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Trends in Access to Care Among Working-Age Adults, 1997-2006

Trends in Access to Care Among Working-Age Adults, 1997-2006This policy brief finds about 39 million working-age adults nationally reported cost as a barrier to receiving needed health care in 2006, a number that grew by an average of 1 million people annually over the decade studied. Uninsured working-aged adults experienced…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

2008 Update on Consumers’ Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information

2008 Update on Consumers’ Views of Patient Safety and Quality InformationAn updated examination of consumers’ views on health care quality information reveals major challenges remain in providing the public with comparative quality information and encouraging its use. The 2008 Update on Consumers’ Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information finds…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Decline in the Uninsured in 2007: Why Did It Happen and Can It Last?

This policy brief examines the underlying shifts in health insurance coverage in 2007, which resulted in a 1.5 million decrease in the number of uninsured people under age 65, due to increased public coverage. This includes about 300,000 in Massachusetts, which implemented its comprehensive health reform that year. The brief…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 — September 2008

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 finds that health care has crept up in importance as an election issue in recent months among a key voting group: political independents, who ranked it as highly as Democrats did in this poll.  Roughly one in four (26%) independents rank health…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Pulling It Together: What Do We Want Health Insurance To Be?

Trends in the health insurance marketplace show substantial growth in high deductible health plans, especially among smaller firms, where 35% of workers are now covered by plans with a deductible of $1,000 or more. That’s according to our recently released employer health benefits survey, which we have been conducting now…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Covering the Uninsured: Options for Reform

Download PDF Key Facts on the Uninsured In 2007, 45 million nonelderly people in the United States lacked health coverage More than eight in ten uninsured people (81%) come from working families About two-thirds of the nonelderly uninsured are from low-income families (income below 200% of poverty, about $42,400 for…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 — August 2008

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 poll finds that one in four (24%) Americans continues to struggle with paying for health care. Health care ranks as a “serious problem” above paying for food (18%), problems with debt (16%), and paying the rent or mortgage (15%) and below paying…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Study Examines the Current Spending on Health Care for the Uninsured and Projects the Cost of Additional Medical Care if the Population Were Insured

This study examines the current spending on care for the uninsured and projects additional medical spending if the population had health insurance coverage. The study finds that the uninsured will spend $30 billion out-of-pocket for health care in 2008 while receiving $56 billion in uncompensated care, three quarters of which…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Covering the Uninsured in 2008: A Detailed Examination of Current Costs and Sources of Payment, and Incremental Costs of Expanding Coverage

This document contains the full findings and methodology from a Kaiser study featured in Health Affairs that examines the current spending on care for the uninsured and projects additional medical spending if the population had health insurance coverage. Full Report (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care and the Economy in Two Swing States: A Look at Ohio and Florida

Two new surveys by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health examine the pocketbook problems facing people in Ohio and Florida — two presidential swing states — including their struggles with gas prices, getting and keeing a well-paying job and affording health care. The surveys,…

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