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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…

Women’s Health and Election 2008

 Download PDF Women consistently cite health care as one of the top issues they want the Presidential candidates to address, reflecting their experiences with the health care system as patients, mothers, and caregivers for frail and disabled family members.  Women’s priorities for health care reform cut across many critical topics,…

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…

Putting Women’s Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level

This Kaiser Family Foundation report documents the persistence of disparities between white women and women of color across the country. It provides a rare and comprehensive state-level look at disparities among women of different races and ethnicities on a broad range of indicators of health and well-being, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer, and access to health insurance and health screenings.

National Survey Results on Public Knowledge/Opinions and OB/GYN Practice/Attitudes on Emergency Contraceptives

(“Morning-After Pills”)Findings reveal that most American women with the potential of experiencing an unplanned pregnancy are uninformed or misinformed about the “morning-after” pill, an emergency contraceptive option currently available in the United States that can prevent a potential pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. A separate survey finds…

Health News Index – March/April 2002

The March/April edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health Health News Index includes questions about major health stories covered in the news, including the recent coverage of mammogram efficacy, the Institute of Medicine report on racial disparities in the health care system, and prescription drug discount cards.…

National Survey of Women about their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding their Reproductive Health – Report

Survey of Women About Their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Their Reproductive HealthGlamour/Kaiser Family Foundation/Princeton Survey Research AssociatesQuestionnaire and ToplinesJanuary 1997Number of Interviews: 1,001 Women age 18-44 Margin of Error: Plus or minus 4 percentage points Interviewing Dates: July 10 – 28, 1996 Introduction:Hello, my name is _______ calling for…

Talking about STDs with Health Professionals: Women’s Experiences – Report

Talking About STDs with Health Professionals Women's Experiences More than 12 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) other than HIV/AIDS, including three million among teenagers alone, occur every year. At current rates, at least one person in four will contract an STD at some point in his or…