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Medical Malpractice Law in the United States

In recent years, medical malpractice law and insurance have become popular topics for debate in Washington, DC and around the country. This report provides an overview of the issues surrounding medical malpractice law, including the legal changes that states have made over the past thirty years in response to periodic…

Online Tools for Consumer-Directed Health Plans

On Jan. 25, 2005, Kaiser Family Foundation hosted a demonstration of the online tools made available to enrollees in consumer-directed health plans. Executives from Humana and Lumenos — two major firms in the consumer-directed care market — conducted real-time demonstrations of their consumer web tools to show how enrollees might…

2003 Health Insurance Survey – Toplines

The 2003 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Insurance Survey examines the public’s level of satisfaction with their insurance coverage, their expectations of health insurance, the role of costs and other factors in health insurance decision-making, and attitudes toward employer-sponsored coverage. It also explores people’s opinions about several alternative health insurance plans…

Prospects for Retiree Health Benefits as Medicare Drug Coverage Begins

Findings from the Kaiser/Hewitt 2005 Survey on Retiree Health BenefitsThe 2005 Kaiser/Hewitt survey of large businesses that provide retiree health benefits to their workers assesses their responses to the new Medicare drug benefit in 2006, their plans for the future, and the way these changes affect retirees. It also looks…

The California Single-Payer Debate, The Defeat of Proposition 186

A report summarizing the campaigns of proponents and opponents to the California Health Security Act (Proposition 186) of 1994. The report includes findings from research commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation on the potential financial and administrative impact of the Act on California, as well as an analysis of the…

Managed Care For Low-Income Populations with Special Needs: The Tennessee Experience

This paper provides a targeted review of Tennessee’s experience providing health care to individuals with special needs under TennCare, its Medicaid managed care initiative. The first part reviews the experience of TennCare Partners, the behavioral health carve-out program created in 1996. The second part reviews how TennCare’s structure affects the disabled and chronically ill.

How Accessible is Individual Health Insurance for Consumers in Less-Than Perfect Health?

This report documents the findings of a study examining access to health insurance coverage in the individual market for people with health problems. Seven hypothetical consumers with varying health conditions were defined and insurers and HMOs in eight different markets around the country were asked to consider them as though…

Medicaid and Managed Care

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicaid program’s increasing reliance on managed care to deliver services.Fact Sheet

For-Profit Health Care Companies: Trends and Issues – Fact Sheet

The rapid growth of managed care has brought with it a growing connection between the stock market and health care organizations. Health care services have evolved from being delivered by physicians and tax exempt institutions to a market-driven industry attracting investment capital from numerous sources. The market capitalization, or total…

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