This article, authored by Diane Rowland, Alina Salganicoff, and Patricia Keenan of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, assesses Medicaid’s contributions as a public financing program for health insurance coverage for the poor over the last three decades. It reviews Medicaid’s impact on the low-income population and discusses…
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A new background report highlights health coverage trends for children in Los Angeles County, examines some of the factors behind Medi-Cal enrollment growth, and attempts to draw relevant lessons for other counties and states. Also see “First Glance at the Children’s Health Initiative in Santa Clara County, California”.
This issue brief explores how California and other states are attempting to preserve a meaningful set of benefits under Medicaid during the current budget crisis, when services are most needed and state resources are most scarce. This brief is being distributed in Sacramento at the latest California Health Policy Roundtable…
Health Insurance Premiums and Cost-Sharing: Findings from the Research on Low-Income PopulationsThis policy brief reviews studies on the impact of premiums and cost-sharing, particularly on low-income populations, and finds that premiums generally depressed participation in public programs and cost-sharing affected health utilization, access and outcomes. Policy Brief
This report includes case studies of how seven states (California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Washington) coped with budgetary problems and how these problems impacted Medicaid and SCHIP.Report
A new Commission report of state experiences after eliminating the Medicaid asset test reveals that the action cut administrative costs, improved program efficiency, and increased access to health care.
Building an On-Ramp to Children’s Health Coverage: A Report on California’s Express Lane Eligibility Program
Building an On-Ramp to Children's Health Coverage: A Report on California's Express Lane Eligibility ProgramThis report documents the results from California’s Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) initiative through the school lunch program (now one year into implementation), which has been piloted in 72 schools in 5 school districts in the state.…
This report presents information on the number of children enrolled in SCHIP for each state, for specific months from 1998 to June 2002. As of June 2002, the SCHIP program covered 3.6 million low-income children. An increase of 571,000 from the previous June.
This report analyzes enrollment data and conveys focus group findings about the impact of North Carolina’s freezing enrollment in their SCHIP program. Report
This fact sheet summarizes the issues surrounding premiums and cost-sharing in public coverage programs and discusses the impact of these mechanisms on participation and health outcomes, particularly for low-income populations. Fact Sheet (.pdf)