Resources Related to Health Coverage and Hurricane Katrina

Health Care and Hurricane Katrina

As part of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s commitment to help respond to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, you will find resources related to an ongoing effort to monitor and study the health coverage and needs of the victims. Check back frequently in the coming months for the latest updates.

Recent Resources

Testimony—Health Care In New Orleans: Progress and Remaining Challenges

New Orleans Three Years After the Storm: The Second Kaiser Post-Katrina Survey, 2008

Low-Income Adults in New Orleans in 2008: Who Are They and How Are They Faring?

Pulling It Together, by Drew Altman: A Recovery Raises Expectations Too

Testimony- Diane Rowland before Congress about Health Challenges for the People of New Orleans


Young Adults and the Future of New Orleans – Times Picayune Op-ed

Survey Brief – The Future of New Orleans: Young Adults in the Greater New Orleans Area

Health Challenges for the People of New Orleans: Further Analysis of Kaiser Baseline Survey

Giving Voice to the People of New Orleans: The Kaiser Post-Katrina Baseline Survey

The Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health Survey of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees.

American Journal of Public Health article on survey findings. [Free Access]

The Public’s Views on the Response to Hurricane Katrina: Chartpack Toplines

Survivor Experiences

Voices of the Storm: Health Experiences of Low-Income Katrina Survivors

Voices of the Storm: Health Care After Katrina — video and extended interviews [Updated]

The Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health Survey of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees.

Health Coverage

Louisiana’s Proposed Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Project: Estimating the Numbers of Uninsured and Projected Medicaid Costs

Testimony – Rowland Testifies Before Congress About Health Care in New Orleans Before and After Hurricane Katrina

Health Affairs Article: Health Care in New Orleans Before and After Hurricane Katrina

A Pre-Katrina Look At the Health Care Delivery System For Low-Income People In New Orleans

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina: Issues and Options for Medicare Beneficiaries

A Comparison of the Seventeen Approved Katrina Waivers

Policy Brief – Health Coverage for Individuals Affected by Hurricane Katrina: A Comparison of Different Approaches to Extend Medicaid Coverage

Webcast and transcript from the AHCJ Annual National Conference session, Katrina Health Impacts [March 18, 2006]

podcasticon.gifPodcast (downloadable audio file) and transcript from Reporter Teleconference Briefing on Health Coverage After Katrina [September 9, 2005]
– Speakers: Ruth Kennedy, Medicaid deputy director of Louisiana, Barbara Edwards, deputy director, Ohio Department of Health & Human Services, Jeanne Lambrew, associate professor, George Washington University, and Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation and executive director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

icon_video_audio.gif Alliance for Health Reform and Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured briefing webcast, Safeguarding the Health of Katrina’s Victims [September 12, 2005]
– Speakers include: Surgeon General Richard Carmona, Ray Scheppach of the National Governors Association, Jim Tallon of the United Hospital Fund, and Senator Bill Frist.

Policy Brief – Addressing the Health Care Impact of Hurricane Katrina

New York’s Disaster Relief Medicaid: Insights and Implications for Covering Low-Income People

State Facts

Key Facts – Louisiana and the U.S.

Key Facts – Mississippi and the U.S.

Key Facts – Alabama and the U.S.

Key Facts – States Most Affected by Hurricane Katrina

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Beth Scalco, LCSW, administrative director of the Louisiana HIV/AIDS Program, describes the challenges in re-building the HIV/AIDS program in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in this interview. [September 22, 2005]

Fact Sheet – Assessing the Number of People with HIV/AIDS in Areas Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Additional Resources on Hurricane Katrina Relief >>>>


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