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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The COBRA Subsidy and Health Insurance for the Unemployed

With the nation’s unemployment rate rising to its highest levels in decades as a result of the recession, many families have lost their employer-sponsored health coverage or are at risk of doing so. In an effort to help people maintain coverage after a layoff, the stimulus legislation known as the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Community Health Centers in an Era of Health System Reform and Economic Downturn: Prospects and Challenges

This issue brief reviews the role of community health centers in the nation’s health care safety net. The centers provided comprehensive primary care to 16.1 million patients in 2007, many of them from lower-income families and medically underserved communities. The role of the centers is even more critical during an…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

CHIP TIPS: Medicaid Performance Bonus

This brief, the first in a series, examines the new federal “performance bonus” available to states that do an especially good job of signing up eligible children for Medicaid. The bonus, created by a provision in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, is designed to help states…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

CHIP TIPS: Citizenship Documentation Changes

This brief, the third in a series, examines changes to citizenship documentation requirements under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. The law extends the requirement to document citizenship that applied in Medicaid to CHIP as well. At the same time, it modifies current requirements to reduce the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – July 2009

The July Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds a majority of the public remains supportive of taking action on health reform now, though there is some softening of support as criticisms and doubts seem to be registering. As has been the case over the past ten months, a majority of the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Express Lane Eligibility Efforts: Lessons Learned from Early State Cross-Program Enrollment Initiatives

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) provides states new options to reach and enroll eligible but uninsured low-income children into Medicaid and CHIP. The law’s Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) provisions enable state Medicaid and CHIP agencies to identify, enroll and recertify children by relying on eligibility…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How Will The Uninsured Be Affected By Health Reform?

This brief examines who the uninsured are and explores how they could be affected by health reform, including estimates of how many might qualify for coverage under a Medicaid expansion, how many would be eligible for subsidies and how many would not be eligible for such help. Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Consumers’ Experience in Massachusetts: Lessons For National Health Reform

This report examines the impact of state health reform efforts on the lives of ordinary people in Massachusetts, including a look at coverage provided by both public programs and private sources. It focuses specifically on people’s ability to afford and obtain needed care. Report (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Toplines: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — September 2009

This document contains the toplines from the September Health Tracking Poll. The survey was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and was conducted September 11 through September 18, 2009, among a nationally representative random sample of 1,203 adults ages 18 and older. Telephone interviews…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Today’s Topics In Health Disparities: The Effect of the Economic Downturn on the Health of Communities of Color

View archived webcast  Mp3 (right-click to download) Transcript (.pdf) On Wednesday, March 25, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a live, interactive webcast to examine the economic downturn’s impact on health care in communities of color as part of its Today’s Topics In Health Disparities series. Rising unemployment has left many…

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