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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…

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Summary of Findings: Privatization of Public Hospitals

This Summary presents background, findings, and data from the Economic and Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) full report, Privatization of Public Hospitals. Section I provides background about public hospital conversions, including the role of public hospitals, reasons for conversion, the mechanisms of conversion and new ownership entities, and analysis of national…

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A Forum on the Implications of Changes in the Health Care Environment for Native American Health Care

With the assistance of the First Nations Development Institute, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned several studies of critical issues in Native-American health care. These studies examined the trends shaping the future of Native-American health care; the existing health systems and planning capacity in the Native-American health care system;…

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Keeping Medicare and Medicaid When You Work, 2005: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates

This guide helps to explain the program rules for Medicare and Medicaid with regard to work. Medicare and Medicaid have come to play important roles in the lives and the futures of roughly 20 million children, adults, and seniors with disabilities – and this guide gives people with disabilities new…

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Choices Under the New State Child Health Insurance Program: What Factors Shape Cost and Coverage?

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program, enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, provides over $20 billion in federal funds over five years to cover low-income uninsured children. This policy brief examines how many children will participate and the public costs per covered child.

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State Profiles on Women’s Health

State Profiles of Women's Health, by Jacqueline A. Horton, ScD, published by the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health , with support from the H.J. Kaiser Family Foundation compiles data from a variety of sources on key indicators of women's health status in a standard four page per state format. A…

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A Profile of American Indians and Alaska Natives and Their Health Coverage

A Profile of American Indians and Alaska Natives and Their Health Coverage This brief examines the health coverage, access to care and health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country. Although the U.S. government has an established responsibility through tribal agreements to provide health care services to…

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Improving Access to Adult Primary Care in Medicaid: Exploring the Potential Role of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

The inadequate supply of primary care providers is among the major challenges facing the U.S. health care system. Sixty-five million people live in areas designated by the federal government as having a shortage of primary care providers. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the pressures on access…

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Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Six Years Later

In 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts’ comprehensive health reform designed to provide near-universal health insurance coverage for state residents. Building on a long history of health reform efforts, the state embarked on an ambitious plan to promote shared individual, employer, and government responsibility. This brief examines Massachusetts’ experience with…

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Survey of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are at risk in the health-care system because of their wide-ranging health-care needs, their relatively heavy use of prescription drugs, health-care and support services, and typically low incomes. A new survey of people with permanent mental and/or physical disabilities explores their health-care experiences and challenges in accessing…

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