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Challenges and Tradeoffs in Low-Income Family Budgets:  Implications for Health Coverage

Challenges and Tradeoffs in Low-Income Family Budgets: Implications for Health Coverage – ReportThis report explores the experiences of families trying to make ends meet on limited budgets. By discussing these families’ work, spending patterns, financial challenges, priorities and tradeoffs and health care and coverage, this report intends to provide a…

The President’s FY 2005 Budget Proposal:  Overview and Briefing Charts

The President's FY 2005 Budget Proposal: Overview and Briefing ChartsThe overview and briefing charts present information on the President's FY 2005 budget proposal to Congress beginning with federal surplus/deficit spending historical data and a summary of the overall composition of the Administration's budget request. The charts then detail information on…

At the Edge: Near Elderly Americans Talk About Health Insurance

These narratives focus on the experiences of those who are both near elderly and uninsured. They profile six individuals whose stories highlight a number of problems faced by large numbers of men and women in their fifties and early sixties.Report (.pdf)

New Reports Examine Near-Elderly Health Coverage Trends and Six Near-Elderly Uninsured Individuals’ Experiences with the American Health Care System

Two new reports focus on health coverage in the near elderly (age 55-64) population. One report examines trends in the population's income, health status, and insurance coverage and the other report profiles six near-elderly uninsured individuals' life challenges in the years preceding Medicare eligibility. Health Insurance Coverage of the Near…

Stresses to the Safety Net:  The Public Hospital Perspective

Stresses to the Safety Net: The Public Hospital PerspectiveThe nation’s safety net financing is fragmented; consequently, providers must knit together resources from many different funding sources to create a stream of revenue to cover the costs of providing a very broad range of services. This report describes those sources of…

Women and Health Care: A National Profile – Report

Report – Women and Health Care: A National ProfileWomen and Health Care: A National Profile is a nationally representative telephone survey of 2,766 women ages 18 and older. A shorter companion survey of 507 men was also conducted.Full Report (.pdf)Report Highlights (.pdf)Introduction and Methods (.pdf)Chapter 1: The Demographics of Women…

What Is the Current Population Survey Telling Us About the Number of Uninsured?

This brief describes the main concerns with the Census Bureau’s CPS health coverage estimates and how analysts have attempted to adjust for problems, and concludes with implications for how the CPS might be enhanced in order to improve the measurement of health insurance coverage. Issue Paper (.pdf)

Medical Debt and Access to Health Care

This study examines the privately insured who have had problems paying medical bills and compares their access to care to those who have not had medical bill problems as well as those with no health coverage at all, using a national representative survey of adults. The study finds that care-seeking…