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Key Findings: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 – June 2008

This document contains the key findings from the June Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 poll. The poll involved a nationally representative random sample of 1,206 adults (including 1,066 who say they were registered to vote), who were interviewed by telephone between June 3 and 8, 2008. The margin of…

Chartpack: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — April 2009

This document contains the chartpack from the April Health Tracking Poll. The survey was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and was conducted April 2 through April 8, 2009, among a nationally representative random sample of 1,203 adults ages 18 and older. Telephone interviews…

Summary of Coverage Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

This short summary describes the health coverage provisions contained in the final version of the Affordable Care Act signed into law in March 2010, including the individual mandate requirements, expansion of public programs, health insurance exchanges, changes to private insurance and employer requirements.

Health Care Costs in the U.S.: The Role of Prices and Volume

The Alliance for Health Reform and several cosponsors held the first event in a three-part series of discussions on costs, the factors driving them up and what (if anything) can be done about them. This briefing and others in the series take an in-depth look at a select few of…

Federal Policies Affecting The Cost and Availability of New Pharmaceuticals

This report by Michael Gluck of the Georgetown University Institute for Health Care Research and Policy examines several ways in which the federal government influences the availability and cost of prescription drugs, including 1) intellectual property protection the laws and policies which regulate and influence patents and generic competition (include…

Section 4: Health Insurance Choice

Exhibit 4.1Exhibit 4.6Exhibit 4.2Exhibit 4.7Exhibit 4.3Exhibit 4.8Exhibit 4.4Exhibit 4.9Exhibit 4.5Exhibit 4.105Survey respondents were asked whether the firm offers a personal or health savings account, including a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) or other type of health savings account option.6There are several savings account options permitted under the law, including health reimbursement…

Why Did the Number of Uninsured Continue to Increase in 2005?

This paper examines health coverage trends in 2005 and places them in the context of trends occurring since 2000. The paper concludes that despite the improving economy, the percentage of the population with employer-sponsored insurance continued to decline while the number of the uninsured continued to increase.Issue Brief (.pdf)

Pulling It Together: Critical Path To Health Reform: Stage One

Will there be a big debate about health reform in the general election? If there is it will elevate the issue further, engage the public, and create momentum and a mandate for action by a new President and Congress. If, however, the debate about health is tepid or health is…

Public Views on Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising

Mollyann Brodie, Kaiser vice president and director of Public Opinion and Media Research, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations about the public’s views of prescription drugs, the pharmaceutical industry, and direct-to-consumer drug advertising. Brodie’s testimony was a part of the hearing titled, “Direct-to-Consumer Advertising:…

Chartpack: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – June 2009

This document contains the chartpack from the June Health Tracking Poll. The survey was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and was conducted June 1 through June 8, 2009, among a nationally representative random sample of 1,205 adults ages 18 and older. Telephone interviews…