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Health Policy News Index, June 2014: Bergdahl And VA News Capture Public’s Attention

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.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

After the Wars: Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans

This partnership poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation explores the views and experiences of adults who served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars as members of the U.S. military in the period after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The majority of veterans of these conflicts say that Americans appreciate their service and that gestures of support are genuine, but many report a number of challenges, including economic struggles, worse physical and mental health than prior to their engagement, and feeling disconnected from civilian life.

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Global Health: Infectious Disease Efforts

This report provides an overview of the Department of Defense’s infectious disease efforts related to global health. The report looks at how DoD’s infectious disease activities are organized internally and coordinated with other U.S. government agencies and partners.

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The Department of Defense’s Role in U.S. Global Health Policy and Programs: Briefing and Panel Discussion

This event examines the role of the Department of Defense (DoD) in global health and how it intersects with the global health efforts of the U.S. government (USG) and other organizations.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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.

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