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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.

Women’s Health Access:  The Role of Income and Race/Ethnicity

2001 Kaiser Women's Health Survey and Issue BriefsThe Kaiser Women's Health Survey was designed to better understand how the health system is working for women, in terms of health coverage, access to services, and in meeting their health needs. The survey also highlights the special challenges facing different groups of…

Health Coverage and Access Challenges for Low-Income Women

This issue brief examines low-income women’s health insurance coverage, experience with health plans and providers, and access to care. The analysis is based on data from the 2001 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of nearly 4,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64.Issue Brief (.pdf)

The HPV Vaccine: Access and Use in the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has approved three vaccines against infection by certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Initially, the vaccines were recommended only for girls and young women, but in 2011 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broadened the recommendations to include boys and young men. This fact sheet discusses HPV and cancers related to the virus, such as cervical cancer, throat cancer and anal cancer. It also discusses use of the HPV vaccines for both females and males, and insurance coverage and access to the vaccines.

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

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 panelists also discussed how the…

Disparities In Maternal And Infant Health: Are We Making Progress? Lessons From California

This issue brief prepared by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco and the Kaiser Family Foundation, analyzes changes in racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in maternal and infant health in California in 1994/1995 and 1999/2001. The issue brief also reviews the policy implications of these differences and offers…

Women’s Health Policy: Comparison of the Candidates’ Proposals

Women’s Health Policy: Comparison of Candidate’s Proposals Download a printable.pdf of this document Bush-Cheney1 Kerry-Edwards2 Reproductive Health Abortion Opposes all abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the woman’s life and opposes use of federal funds to support or promote abortion Supports so-called “partial birth abortion” ban,…

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…

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