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Making Health Care Work for American Families: Medicaid and Access to Care

Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation and executive director of the Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, testified March 24, 2009, before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health as part of a hearing entitled “Making Health Care Work for American Families: Access to…

How Is The Primary Care Safety Net Faring in Massachusetts? Community Health Centers In The Midst of Health Reform

This report examines how community health centers, which provide comprehensive primary care for low-income and uninsured patients, have fared under Massachusetts’ health reform law. Community health centers saw a significant increase in patient load amid the state’s efforts to improve health coverage by expanding public programs and making private insurance…

National Health Insurance — A Brief History Of Reform Efforts In The U.S.

This policy brief provides an overview of health reform efforts in the United States over much of the last century, from New Deal-era calls for government-subsidized health coverage to the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s and the failed attempt at universal coverage in the early 1990s. Issue…

Health Affairs Article: Beyond Incrementalism? SCHIP and the Politics of Health Reform

This article examines the political and legislative history of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and analyzes the lessons for policymakers who are contemplating broader health care reform. It was published online in the journal Health Affairs and was authored by Jonathan Oberlander, an associate professor, social medicine and health policy…

Pulling it Together: What Will Health Reform Do For Me?

There is one poll number that may be more important to watch than any other if we have a big debate about health reform: The percentage of Americans who think that they or their families would be better off if the president and the Congress enacted major health reform legislation.…

Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA)

This fact sheet provides an overview of provisions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), which was signed into law in February 2009. The Act extends and expands the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (now referred to as CHIP, not SCHIP) that was enacted with bipartisan…

The Cost of Cancer

This Kaiser Family Foundation documentary explores the financial consequences faced by three people, all privately insured, after being diagnosed with cancer. It was released in conjunction with a joint Kaiser/American Cancer Society report, “Spending To Survive: Cancer Patients Confront Holes in the Health Insurance System.” To download the video, right-click…

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — February 2009

The first Kaiser Health Tracking Poll of 2009 finds the public is increasingly worried about the affordability and availability of care, with many postponing or skipping treatments due to cost in the past year and a notable minority forced into serious financial straits due to medical bills. Slightly more than…

Healthy San Francisco

In 2007, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to begin implementation of a plan to provide health care services to all uninsured residents. is not health insurance, but rather it provides access to affordable basic and ongoing health care services for uninsured residents. The program provides medical…