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The New Child Health Insurance Program: A Carefully Crafted Compromise

This paper explores the major policy compromises embodied in the CHIP program. It focuses on two areas: the relative control of the federal and state governments over the program, and the design of the program in relation to the private, employer-based health insurance market. This paper is part of the…

Incrementalism: Ethical Implications of Policy Choices

This paper discusses ethical issues in incremental approaches to expanding health insurance coverage. Although any reduction in the number of uninsured is morally desirable, there are real moral differences between different policy options. This paper, which is part of the Kaiser Incremental Health Reform Project, examines these moral differences by…

Expansions in Public Health Insurance and Crowd-Out: What the Evidence Says

Enactment of the Children's Health Insurance Program has been accompanied by concerns that new coverage will “crowd out” private health insurance coverage. Part of the Kaiser Incremental Health Reform Project, this paper reviews existing empirical literature on the magnitude of crowd-out and discusses implications for CHIP. Issue Paper

Extending Health Insurance Through Incremental Reform

Part of the Kaiser Incremental Health Reform Project, this paper describes a “minimalist” approach to expanding health insurance coverage through changes in the tax code. Building on recent policy changes, a proposal for extending the deductibility of health insurance premiums to all those who do not have employer-sponsored insurance is…

Medicare Buy-In Proposal

Americans at the end of their working lives are increasingly facing greater uncertainty regarding health insurance and hence access to health care. This paper describes a proposal that would allow older persons not yet eligible for Medicare (under age 65) to “buy into” Medicare coverage. This paper is part of…

Race, Ethnicity & Medical Care: A Survey of Public Perceptions and Experiences

Toplines This is a copy of the results of a telephone survey conducted on a random, national sample of nearly 4,000 African American, Latino and white adults, 18 years of age and older. The questions were designed to reveal what each respondent believed about the impact of race and ethnicity…

Race, Ethnicity & Medical Care: A Survey of Public Perceptions and Experiences-1528

Race, Ethnicity & Medical Care: A Survey of Public Perceptions and ExperiencesChart PackThis chartpack includes a number of figures that are based on the results of the survey on perceptions of, experiences with, and attitudes about racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. The toplines of the survey are available…

Making Child Health Coverage a Reality: Lessons From Case Studies of Medicaid and CHIP Outreach and Enrollment Strategies

Recent expansions in public health insurance for children and changes in welfare laws present states with the challenge of identifying and enrolling the large population of uninsured children in their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). This study describes and analyzes the outreach and enrollment strategies and systems in…

The Second Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Health Care in South Africa

The 2nd Annual Kaiser Family Foundation National Household Survey of approximately 4,000 South African households measures changes since the first survey (in 1998) in key demographics, public health, and health status indicators. The survey also establishes data on access to health care and factors affecting access, such as the cost…