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The Key to the Door: Medicaid’s Role in Improving Health Care for Women and Children

This article, authored by Diane Rowland, Alina Salganicoff, and Patricia Keenan of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, assesses Medicaid’s contributions as a public financing program for health insurance coverage for the poor over the last three decades. It reviews Medicaid’s impact on the low-income population and discusses…

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.

Regulating the Quality of Abortion Services: Politics or Good Medicine?

A growing trend by state legislatures to pass tough regulations on abortion services begs the questions: Do these rules help to ensure the health and safety of abortion patients and the quality of abortion services? Or, as some abortion rights groups have suggested, are they designed to put abortion providers…

The Changing Medicaid Managed Care Market

Trends in Commercial Plans' ParticipationThis background paper analyzes the trends in commercial plan participation in the Medicaid market by using a database specifically designed for this purpose. It examines changes from mid-1996 to mid-1997 in the types of full-risk plans serving Medicaid Beneficiaries. It also looks at trends through mid-1998…

Employment-Based Health Insurance Coverage and its Decline:-2134

Employment-Based Health Insurance Coverage and its Decline:The Growing Plight of Low-Wage WorkersThis background paper examines the increase in uninsured workers and the growing disparity in health insurance coverage between low- and high-wage workers. While a larger proportion of higher wage workers had health coverage in 1996 than a decade before,…

Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University School of Public Health: Update on Americans’ Views on the Consumer Protections Debate

Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University School of Public Health: Update on Americans’ Views on the Consumer Protections DebateThe Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University School of Public Health Update on American’s Views on Consumer Protections in Managed Care is based on findings from the April 1999 Kaiser/Harvard Health News Index. The survey was…

Changes in Employee Health Coverage by Small Businesses

Findings from previous reports by The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and a survey of small and large employers that was part of a joint effort between The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and KPMG Peat Marwick. A full report on is availableseparately (#1464).Report Report

Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP Model A Summary – Report

Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP ModelExecutive SummaryAs policymakers consider measures to assure the long-range solvency of Medicare, one option that has received increasing attention is a “premium support” system. Under such a system beneficiaries would choose between the original Medicare fee-for-service program and a variety of competing health plans. They would…