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States Respond to COVID-19 Challenges but Also Take Advantage of New Opportunities to Address Long-Standing Issues: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022

This report provides an in-depth examination of the changes taking place in Medicaid programs across the country. The findings are drawn from the 21st annual budget survey of Medicaid officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia conducted by KFF and Health Management Associates (HMA), in collaboration with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD). This report highlights policies in place in state Medicaid programs in FY 2021, particularly those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as policy changes implemented or planned for FY 2022.

The Role of Medicare and the Indian Health Service for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Health, Access and Coverage

This report examines the role of both Medicare and the Indian Health Service (IHS) in providing access to health care for about 650,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives who are age 65 and older or who have permanent disabilities. While Medicare provides important health care coverage for most in this group, its relatively high cost-sharing and gaps in benefits can be problematic for American Indians and Alaska Native Medicare beneficiaries who do not have additional supplemental coverage or who cannot access IHS providers.

Medicaid Matters: Hearing from Families

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured’s video Medicaid Matters: Hearing from Families profiles five families who have children covered by Medicaid. These five families reflect the diversity of those helped by Medicaid — families from all over the country of varying races/ethnicities, ages and sizes. Each family also illustrates a…

Survey of Americans on Race

In the last couple of years, several incidents in which African Americans were mistreated or in some cases killed by police have sparked renewed public attention to the issue of race relations in America. To better understand the current status of the issue, the Kaiser Family Foundation and CNN surveyed the U.S. public to gauge their views of race in America and personal experiences with discrimination or racism, with a focus on the views and experiences of Black and Hispanic people in America.

New KFF/CNN Survey on Race Finds Deep Divisions in How Blacks, Whites and Hispanics Experience and View Race Relations, Discrimination and the Police

With racial incidents and concerns continuing to make national headlines, a new Kaiser Family Foundation/CNN Survey of Americans on Race probes deeply into the public’s experiences on racial issues and the dramatic differences in the ways people of different races view them. The survey looks at the views and experiences…

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to and Utilization of Care among Insured Adults

This analysis based on data from the 2014 Kaiser Survey of Low-Income Americans examines differences in access to and utilization of care for Black and Hispanic adults compared to White adults among those who are uninsured, enrolled in Medicaid, and privately insured. The findings suggest that gains in health coverage under the ACA will lead to improvements in access to care and utilization for White, Black, and Hispanic adults. They also highlight the importance of increased attention to addressing racial and ethnic disparities in access to and utilization of care among privately insured adults, particularly as the privately insured population becomes more diverse as a result of greater enrollment of people of color into private plans through the ACA Marketplaces.

What Post-Katrina New Orleans Shows About Urban and Race Issues

Drew Altman discusses a growing racial divide in the city about perceptions of economic opportunity for blacks and whites and what progress and challenges in New Orleans may mean for urban America in this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank.

What Post-Katrina New Orleans Shows About Urban and Race Issues

Drawing on the latest Kaiser Family Foundation comprehensive survey of New Orleans, Drew Altman discusses a growing racial divide in the city about perceptions of economic opportunity for blacks and whites and what progress and challenges in New Orleans may mean for urban America in his latest column for The Wall…

American Indians and Alaska Natives: Health Coverage and Access to Care

American Indians and Alaska Natives: Health Coverage Access to Care, Fact SheetA fact sheet examining health coverage and access to care among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This fact sheet is an update to a KCMU fact on the subject issued in June 2000 (#2198).Fact Sheet (.pdf)

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