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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — February 2012

In the midst of continuing debate on the future of the Medicare program, the February Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds most Americans and most seniors favor the status quo, though arguments about the program’s solvency have the potential to sway opinion toward new proposals. The survey also gauges public…

Abortion in the U.S.: Utilization, Financing and Access

This fact sheet provides key data on the levels of use of different abortion procedures in the United States and reviews the different federal and state policies that affect availability of and access to abortion services. It also provides information on how abortions are financed in the public and private sectors and reviews the state-level policies and Medicaid and private insurance rules that affect coverage of abortion services, including parental involvement laws, provider protections and clinic regulations.

Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Women’s Health Policy

Women's Health PolicyDownload a printable .pdf of Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Women's Health Policy.IssueBackgroundReproductive HealthImproving Insurance Coverage and Affordability of CareBalancing Work and Family Health Care NeedsLong-Term CareClinical ResearchAssessing Candidate PositionsIssueHealth care is a major issue for women. Their greater health needs, longer lifespans, lower incomes, roles in…

Making the Most of Medicaid: Promoting the Health of Women and Infants With Preconception Care

This article examines the evolution and current role of Medicaid in improving access to preconception care for low-income women. It reviews Medicaid's eligibility policy and benefits of relevance to women of reproductive age, and discusses challenges facing the program. Authors Alina Salganicoff, vice president and director of women's health policy…

Today’s Topics In Health Disparities: HHS’ Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities

On Monday, April 25, 2011 Today’s Topics in Health Disparities webcast examined the new Department of Health and Human Services’ Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. The program addressed the contents of the strategy and its timeline for implementation as well as its implications for providers. The…

The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility:  The International Experience – Report

The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility:The International ExperienceExecutive SummaryThe Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned the Advocates for Youth Media Project to carry out a study titled The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility: The International Experience. The study examines the outcomes of programs using…

Medicaid’s Role for Women Across the Lifespan: Current Issues and the Impact of the Affordable Care Act

This issue brief, Medicaid’s Role for Women Across the Lifespan: Current Issues and the Impact of the Affordable Care Act, discusses the importance of Medicaid for women and examines how changes under the health reform law will affect the program and women covered by Medicaid. The brief explores Medicaid’s role for women across their lifespans including reproductive health services, care for chronic conditions and disabilities, and long-term care services. And it provides new state-level data on enrollment and coverage policies on services of importance to women.

Access to Care and Use of Health Services by Low-Income Women

This article, by Ruth Almeida and Lisa Dubay of the Urban Institute and Grace Ko of Brown University, examines the effect of insurance on low-income women’s access to care and use of health services. Using the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families, it examines access to health care for three…

Access to Care for Low-Income Women: The Impact of Medicaid

Health coverage is of critical importance to low-income women. This study was undertaken to assess how low-income women with Medicaid, private insurance, or no insurance vary with regard to personal characteristics, health status, and health utilization. Data are from a telephone interview survey of a representative cross-sectional sample of 5,200…