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Women’s Health Issues Journal: Medicaid at 50: Marking a Milestone for Women’s Health

In this May post for the journal Women’s Health Issues, Alina Salganicoff, Usha Ranji and Laurie Sobel explore Medicaid’s role in providing health coverage for women over the past 50 years and outline key issues going forward. The post is now available here.

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Medicaid Initiatives to Improve Maternal and Infant Health and Address Racial Disparities

This brief provides a summary of Medicaid’s role for pregnant women and infants and current Medicaid initiatives to improve maternal and infant health.

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Women’s Experiences with Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from the KFF Women’s Health Survey

This brief provides new data from the KFF Women’s Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of 3,661 women and 1,144 men ages 18-64 that was conducted November 19, 2020 – December 17, 2020. In this brief, we document how experiences accessing health care during the COVID-19 pandemic have differed by gender, age, race/ethnicity, insurance coverage, and income and what this could mean moving forward.

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New Survey: Passing a Law Preventing Perpetrators of Domestic Violence from Having a Gun is Identified as a Top Women’s Health Policy Priority for Federal Policymakers

The new KFF Women’s Health Survey asked respondents how much of a priority seven key women’s health policies should be for the new President and Congress. The issue brief examines attitudes toward those policy priorities and differences by gender, political party affiliation, and demographic factors.

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Postpartum Coverage Extension in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

This post explains the new Medicaid Postpartum Expansion option included in The American Rescue Plan Act and raises some questions that policymakers are likely to grapple with as the implementation unfolds.

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The Helms Amendment and Abortion Laws in Countries Receiving U.S. Global Health Assistance

This brief examines abortion laws in countries that received certain U.S. foreign assistance to better understand the implications of the Helms Amendment (which prohibits the use of foreign assistance to pay for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortion) for abortion access globally.

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The U.S. Government and Global Maternal and Child Health Efforts

This fact sheet provides a snapshot of global maternal and child health (MCH) and examines the U.S. government’s role in addressing MCH worldwide.

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Universal Paid Family and Medical Leave Under Consideration in Congress

The House of Representatives is considering a provision of the Build Back Better Act that would create a universal paid family and medical leave program. This post takes a look at this proposal, key policy questions, and what it could mean for women and families.

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Employers Strengthen Paid Leave Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from the 2021 KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey

Some employers announced changes to their paid leave policies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure more workers have access to paid leave and to reduce the risk of workers coming to work sick. This data note presents findings from the 2021 KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey on the share of workers who are employed by firms that began offering paid leave benefits or expanded their existing benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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The U.S. Global Health Budget: Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

This budget analysis reviews U.S. funding for global health programs included in the fiscal year 2016 Budget Request released on February 2, 2015.

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