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States Strive to Limit Medicaid Expenditures for Prescribed Drugs

A new report presenting year 2000 trends on prescription drug spending, summarizing states options in designing their benefit, and reviewing several ways states are using their flexibility to curb the rate of growth of their Medicaid drug budgets.Background Paper

Legislative Summary: State Children’s Health Insurance Program – Fact Sheet

State Children’s Health Insurance Program Summary November 1997 Nearly 10 million children are uninsured, often resulting in difficulties in obtaining needed health care. To expand coverage to low-income uninsured children, Congress enacted the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 (P.L.…

A Profile of the Low-Income Uninsured

This policy brief provides an overview of the low-income, uninsured population. Based on an analysis of the March 1998 Current Population Survey, the report discusses the demographic characteristics of this vulnerable population. It also presents information detailing health insurance coverage for low-income children and adults, as well as trends in…

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Health Insurance and Health Care

Racial and ethnic groups in the United States continue to experience major differences in health status compared to the majority white population. Although many factors affect health status, the lack of health insurance and other barriers to obtaining health services markedly diminish minorities’ use of both preventive services and medical…

Low-Income Adults Under Age 65 – Many are Poor, Sick, and Uninsured

This policy brief from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines the characteristics and insurance coverage of low-income adults under age 65, a group numbering more than 50 million people. Members of this group are more likely to be in poor health than other Americans and are the…

Seniors and Income Inequality: How Things Get Worse With Age

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses why seniors need to be included in the national discussion on income inequality, especially as proposals to change Medicare and Social Security are considered.

Analysis Examines How Gaining Health Coverage Affected Consumers’ Lives in 2014

An analysis of a 2014 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that previously uninsured Americans who obtained health coverage that year experienced improved access to care and a decrease in financial insecurity, though they remained concerned about cost.  The analysis of the 2014 Kaiser Survey of Low-Income Americans and…

A Gender Gap in Economic Security for Seniors

Following up on an earlier column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank on seniors and poverty, Drew Altman looks at why older women will be more at risk of economic insecurity than men in the future.