Rising Health Pressures in an Economic Recession

As millions of people lose their jobs and job-based health insurance during the recession, the Kaiser Family Foundation has several reports and a video that shed light on the rising toll on American families and the public programs that many depend on to fill the gap during times of crisis.

Rising Health Pressures in an Economic Recession: A 360-Degree Look at Four Communities, and a companion video, On the Edge: Health Care in the Recession explore the financial and personal struggles of families who have suffered economic reversals and lost health coverage.

Struggling With Financing: The Recession and National Health Reform Dominate State Medical Concerns Going Into FY 2010 draws on interviews with state Medicaid directors to examine the prospect of Medicaid cuts in some states, the impact of federal stimulus funding and the ways directors see health reform affecting their programs.

An updated fact sheet examines State Fiscal Conditions and Medicaid.

The Effects of the Economic Recession on Communities of Color focuses on the challenges facing racial minorities.

Emergency Departments Under Growing Pressure examines the recession’s impact on hospital emergency departments.

Materials from the August 6, 2009 Briefing:


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Briefing Agenda (.pdf)

Speaker Biographies (.pdf)

Key Findings – Slides (.pdf)

Transcript (.pdf)

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