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Is Lack of Coverage a Short- or Long-Term Condition?

This paper produces alternative estimates of the numbers of uninsured and explores the distribution of the duration of uninsured spells for people who lacked coverage at some time during a 12-month period. Policy Brief Link to fact sheet, Lack of Coverage: A Long-Term Problem for Most Uninsured

Women’s Access to Care:  A State-Level Analysis of Key Health Policies

Women’s Access to Care: A State-Level Analysis of Key Health Policies State policies play a critical role in shaping women’s access to health care. With authority over several important policy issues and the power to legislate, regulate, and enact programs that address women’s needs, state policymakers have tackled several issues…

Welfare, Women and Health: The Role of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

This issue brief reflects on lessons learned from research about the connection between welfare policies and low-income women's health. The brief discusses the multiple aspects of the TANF program that can influence women's health and well-being, including access to health insurance, work requirements and training options, links to health care…

Women, Work, and Family Health: A Balancing Act

This issue brief examines women’s roles in family health care decision-making and coordination, the effect of that involvement for women who work, and women’s caregiving responsibilities. This analysis is based on data from the 2001 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey, a nationally representative sample of nearly 4,000 women between the ages…

National ADAP Monitoring Project, Annual Report, April 2003

This report, the seventh in an annual series, provides an overview of the status of state-administered AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) and documents how these programs are responding to the changing fiscal, clinical and epidemiological dynamics of HIV/AIDS.ADAPs, authorized under Title II of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency…

How Do M+C Plans Manage Pharmacy Benefits? Implications for Medicare Reform

Understanding how Medicare+Choice (M+C) plans manage their drug benefits may generate important lessons for Medicare. This report, based on interviews with both national and regional managed care firms, provides an in-depth look at how plans have managed their M+C outpatient pharmacy benefits in recent years. Findings show that plans rely…

Compendium of Cultural Competence Initiatives in Health Care

Public and private sector organizations are involved in a number of activities that seek to reduce cultural and communication barriers to health care. These activities are often described as cultural competency and/or cross-cultural education. A recent Institute of Medicine report recommended that the health care system pursue several of these…

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Cardiac Care: The Weight of the Evidence

Numerous studies over the past two decades have documented racial and ethnic differences in care for heart conditions. To assess the quality of the evidence and to summarize the information for a physician audience, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation collaborated with the American College of Cardiology Foundation to review…

Analyses of Kaiser Permanente Services for Insured Children

Analyses of the Child Health Plan and Other Kaiser Permanente Services for Publicly and Privately Insured Children, a new policy brief prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation by the Institute for Health Policy Studies at U.C. San Francisco, summarizes the results and policy implications of…

Seniors and Prescription Drugs: An 8-State Survey

A new study conducted by researchers at Tufts-New England Medical Center, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund, reports results from a 2001 survey of 10,927 noninstitutionalized seniors in eight geographically diverse states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. State-level data on drug…

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