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The Implications of a Loss in Public Health Coverage

A new Health Affairs article and a policy brief examine the implications of cuts to public coverage programs like Medicaid and SCHIP. The Health Affairs article finds that Medicaid and SCHIP cuts would increase emergency department visits by the uninsured, suggesting that cost containment actions on public coverage programs would…

Managed Care and Low-Income Populations in Florida: 1996-1998 Update

This report, Managed Care and Low Income Populations in Florida: 1996-1998 Update, updates our 1996 case study of Florida's Medicaid managed care initiatives and their effect on low-income populations. The focus of this report is on how the program has matured and how it has affected access to care and…

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

Based on data from Kaiser’s Second Post-Katrina Survey, this Survey Brief profiles low-income adults in New Orleans in 2008, examining their demographics, personal recovery from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, worries and concerns, and financial and health care challenges. It finds that low-income adults in New Orleans are more likely…

The Coverage and Cost Impacts of Expanding Medicaid

This paper quantifies the impacts on coverage and cost of expanding Medicaid to cover more of the low-income uninsured, including adults, at various income levels and with improved participation rates. The analysis models two primary options to expand Medicaid (250% FPL for children, 100% FPL for adults; 300% FPL for…

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.…

New Kaiser Resources Examine Medicaid as a Platform for Health Reform

These related research papers examine the policy opportunities for expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income and high-need people in ways that would enable the program to serve as a platform for larger national health reform efforts. As congressional leaders work on proposals for universal coverage, some policymakers have suggested that…

How Will Uninsured Children Be Affected By Health Reform?

This brief examines uninsured children and how they could be affected by health reform, including estimates of how many might qualify for coverage under a Medicaid expansion, how many would be eligible for subsidies and how many would not be eligible for such help. Issue Brief (.pdf)

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