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The U.S. Department of Defense & Global Health

This report provides the first comprehensive look at the role of the Department of Defense (DoD) in global health, examining its organizational structure, activities, strategy, policy, and budget for activities related to global health.

Kaiser Health Policy News Index: November 2014

The Kaiser Health Policy News Index is designed to help journalists and policymakers understand which health policy-related news stories Americans are paying attention to, and what the public understands about health policy issues covered in the news. According to this month’s index, the public remains captivated by news coverage of the Ebola virus. Fewer, but still substantial shares, report following the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the results of the midterm elections.

Kaiser Health Policy News Index: June 2014

This month’s Health Policy News Index finds more than six in 10 say they followed
news about long waiting lists for those seeking care at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities closely.
That makes the VA story the most closely followed health story in the first half of 2014, with slightly
more people following it than followed several ACA enrollment stories earlier this year.

The U.S. and Global Health Security at a Time of Transition

The U.S. government efforts to shore up global health security face a time of transition. The U.S. has played a leadership role in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which is entering its next phase, and the increase in funding after the Ebola and Zika outbreaks allowed for the expansion…

Militaries and Global Health: Peace, Conflict, and Disaster Response

In this article for The Lancet, KFF’s Joshua Michaud and Kellie Moss, and 11 co-authors examine the varied roles, responsibilities, and approaches of militaries in global health, drawing on examples and case studies across peacetime, conflict, and disaster response environments.

An Opportunity Amid the VA Problems

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank,  discusses how the Department of Veterans Affairs health system scandal creates an opportunity for a fix, maybe with bipartisan support.

Avoiding the Wrong Lessons From the VA and HealthCare.gov Problems

This was published as a Wall Street Journal Think Tank column on May 27, 2014. Problems with the launch of HealthCare.gov and with veterans hospitals allegedly concealing long waits for care feed a narrative that government doesn’t work. But many government programs, including Medicare and Social Security, work well. And there are…