Primers on Key Health Care Topics and Programs

The Kaiser Family Foundation maintains a number of primers providing overviews of key health care programs and issues. Written by Foundation staff, each primer provides key data and information that helps illustrate the topic and its relevance for the nation’s health care system.

Medicaid: A Primer

Medicare: A Primer

The Uninsured: A Primer

Health Care Costs: A Primer

How Private Health Coverage Works: A Primer

Mental Health Financing in the United States: A Primer

The U.S. Government Engagement in Global Health: A Primer


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