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Prescription Drug Trends:  A Chartbook Update

This November 2001 Chartbook updates data from last year’s chartbook, including information about prescription drug coverage, expenditures and prices, utilization, drug promotion, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Talking with Voters About the Uninsured

Ten focus groups were conducted with voters April through July 2001, prior to the tragedies of September 11th and broad public recognition of an economic slowdown. The report, Effective Language and Themes for Talking About the Uninsured, finds that at that time: voters were still surprised by basic facts about…

Issues Related to Unspent S-CHIP Money

A new policy brief discusses issues involving over $11 billion of S-CHIP funds that states have not spent. It has been proposed that states could apply to use the funds for unemployed workers in these tough economic times. What are the implications?

The Role of Medicaid in State Budgets

A new policy brief examines the role of Medicaid in state budgets, the reasons behind rising growth in the program, and explores strategies for states to cope with higher spending in tough economic times. Policy Brief Also see recent publications on maintaining health coverage and securing Medicaid in today's economy

Health Insurance for Unemployed Workers

Submitted testimony of Diane Rowland, executive director of the Commission, about health insurance options for unemployed workers. She was scheduled to testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, but the hearing was postponed.

Medicaid and State Budgets: An October 2001 Update

An update to “Medicaid Budgets Under Stress: Survey Findings for State Fiscal Year 2000, 2001, and 2002.” This paper was commissioned to evaluate how several states’ fiscal outlooks have changed since September 11.

Pieces of the Puzzle

A new report describes the Report to Congress by the Department of Health and Human Services on consumer protection and quality assurance requirements for Medicaid managed care and discusses the differences between the original Federal rule and the revised one.Report Executive Summary