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The Role of Medicaid for Adults With Chronic Illnesses

This report and related fact sheets provide data on spending, utilization, and access to care among low-income nonelderly adult Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic illnesses. Four fact sheets provide detail for beneficiaries with diabetes, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and behavioral health conditions The reports show that, despite relatively high prevalence of…

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 — April 2008

An April 2008 poll finds that health care costs rank among Americans’ top personal economic problems, and their struggles to deal with those costs have affected both their financial well-being and their family’s health care.  Conducted by the Foundation’s public opinion researchers, the poll probes into the economic concerns facing…

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 – June 2008

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 poll finds that the recent economic downturn continues to create serious financial problems for most Americans. When asked about the impact of recent economic changes, nearly six in 10 adults (59 percent) report having a “serious problem” with one of seven major…

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,…

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…

Low-Wage Workers and Health Care

This brief is based on a survey conducted this summer by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University to focus on the experiences and challenges facing the lowest paid members of the American workforce. Low-wage workers rate “getting more affordable health insurance” as the top priority for…

Spending To Survive: Cancer Patients Confront Holes in the Health Insurance System

This report highlights the severe challenges cancer patient may face in paying for life-saving care even when they have private health insurance. Jointly authored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Cancer Society, the report profiles 20 patients and illustrates the potential difficulties people diagnosed with cancer or other…

Health Care Reform Newsmaker Series: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking Republican member of the Senate Committee on Finance, appeared as a guest in the new series of Health Care Reform newsmaker briefings sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA and the National Federation of Independent Business. The reporters-only briefings, designed to inform the public…

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…

New, Updated Resources on Community Health Centers

The Kaiser Family Foundation has issued three new resources that examine the role of community health centers as key components of the U.S. health care system, providing primary care to more than 16 million patients nationwide in 2007. The documents, produced for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured,…