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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Benefit of a Uniform Response to Ebola in the U.S.

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses the Christie, Cuomo rift with the federal government over Ebola public health measures and the need for uniform national policies to ease the public’s fears.

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The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States: The Basics

This updated fact sheet provides the latest data on the U.S. HIV epidemic, including key trends over time, impact by region and population, and information on the U.S. government’s response.

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Navigating Recovery: Health Care Financing and Delivery Systems in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

This brief identifies key issues and short and long-term options for recovery around the health care financing and delivery systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which caused significant physical damage to the territories. It draws on insights from a Nov. 30 roundtable discussion with leaders and experts representing a variety of perspectives on Medicaid policy, health insurance and care delivery systems, and disaster recovery.

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Loneliness and Social Isolation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan: An International Survey

To understand more about how people view the issue of loneliness and social isolation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with The Economist, conducted a cross-country survey of adults in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. The survey included additional interviews with individuals who report always or often feeling lonely, left out, isolated or that they lack companionship to better understand the personal characteristics and life circumstances associated with these feelings, the reported causes of loneliness, and how people are coping. More than a fifth of adults in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as one in ten adults in Japan say they often or always feel lonely, feel that they lack companionship, feel left out, or feel isolated from others, and many of them say their loneliness has had a negative impact on various aspects of their life. About six in ten say there is a specific cause of their loneliness, and they are also more likely to report experiencing negative life events in the past two years, such as a negative change in financial status. Those reporting loneliness in each country report having fewer confidants than others and two-thirds or more say they have just a few or no relatives or friends living nearby who they can rely on for support. Many in the U.S. and U.K. view the increased use of technology as a major reason why people are lonely or socially isolated, whereas fewer people in Japan say the same. But, for those experiencing loneliness or social isolation personally, they are divided as to whether they think social media makes their feelings of loneliness better or worse.

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A Comparative Analysis of Affected Residents’ Views of the Response to Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Katrina

Drew Altman compares residents’ views of hurricane-recovery efforts based on five surveys of residents affected by Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Katrina.

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New KFF/Washington Post Climate Change Poll Examines the Knowledge and Views of American Adults and Teens

A new KFF/Washington Post survey probes in depth what Americans know and think about climate change, their personal involvement with the issue, and their willingness to accept trade-offs to reduce its impact. A parallel survey of teens ages 13-17 explores how they view the potential effects of climate change on…

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The Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post Climate Change Survey

Our latest partnership survey with The Washington Post examines the public’s views, awareness, and preferences related to climate change. The poll assesses the public’s belief in whether human activity is causing climate change and global warming, as well as levels of concern and support for policy solutions. A companion survey of U.S. teens explores how this age group views the issue of climate change and its potential impact on their generation.

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Poll: Most Americans Positive About Ebola Response

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman looks at public confidence in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amid the response to Ebola in the U.S. based on two Foundation polls taken over the past two weeks.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Poll: Most Americans Positive About Ebola Response

In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman releases new Foundation polling data on the public’s confidence in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities amid the response to Ebola in the U.S. Taken over the weekend, the latest poll finds a majority…

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Kaiser Health Policy News Index: March 2015

The public paid more attention to news coverage of the measles outbreak in the U.S. and the resulting debate on whether vaccinations should be required for all kids than any other news story included in this month’s Kaiser Health Policy News Index. Nearly half correctly identified that the number of confirmed measles cases in the U.S. since the outbreak began late last year is closer to 100, and most say they are not too or not at all worried about the measles outbreak.

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