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Medicaid Support for Family Planning in the Managed Care Era

As the largest source of public funding for contraceptive care in the United States, Medicaid plays a crucial role in financing family planning services and supplies for millions of low-income women across the nation. In the past 15 years, managed care has become the primary way of delivering care to…

Welfare, Women and Health: The Role of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

This issue brief reflects on lessons learned from research about the connection between welfare policies and low-income women's health. The brief discusses the multiple aspects of the TANF program that can influence women's health and well-being, including access to health insurance, work requirements and training options, links to health care…

Key Facts: Women and HIV/AIDS

Women comprise a growing share of new cases of AIDS in the United States. In 1986, women only represented 7% of new cases of AIDS. By 1999 that share had risen to nearly one quarter. Not only do women represent an increasing share of persons with AIDS, today they represent…

Sex Education in the Schools

Douglas Kirby, Ph.D., Director of Research, ETR Associates examines the effectiveness of sex education programs in American junior and senior high schools. Educators, health experts and others debate on the focus of the curriculum and consider the role families and the government play in designing these courses. This publication was…

The Demography of Sexual Behavior

Tom W. Smith, Ph.D., National Opinion Research, University of Chicago, gives an overview of sexual behavior in the United States, including premarital and adolescent sexuality and the impact of AIDS. Seminar participants attempt to make social sense of the research, placing an emphasis on the public health consequences and societal…

Was It Rape?

Neil Gilbert, Professor of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, and Bernice Sandler, Senior Scholar in Residence, National Association for Women in Education, offer differing opinions as to the true extent of the problem of sexual assault in the United States. Gilbert charges that an overly broad definition of…

Teens on Sex: What They Say Teens Today Need to Know, And Who They Listen To

A national random-sample telephone survey of 1,510 teenagers age 12-18, conducted for the Foundation by Princeton Survey Research Associates between March 28, 1996 and May 5, 1996. The survey finds that most teens have enough information about how girls get pregnant, but not how to use different kinds of birth…

Post-Election Survey: Priorities for the 106th Congress

A national voter survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health conducted shortly after the November congressional elections in 1998. The purpose is to gauge voters’ priorities for the next Congress, both generally and with specific regard to health care issues. The survey also measures voter…