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The Pill: From Prescription to Over the Counter

A summary of the research and opinions of leading reproductive health experts on the pros and cons of making oral contraceptives available “over the counter” without a doctor’s prescription. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser Forums program, an ongoing series of issue-specific briefings at which policy makers,…

The Growth of Managed Care: Are Women Getting What They Need?

How the Changing Health Care Marketplace Affects Coverage and Access to Reproductive HealthA fact sheet, Q&A and resource list prepared for a media briefing held in New York on March 27, 1996. The purpose of the briefing was to respond to questions about how reproductive health services are currently delivered…

Early Sexual Experiences: How Voluntary? How Violent?

Edward Laumann, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, shares findings from the 1994 National Health and Social Life Survey, which suggest that having a violent or coercive first sexual experience is not as rare an occurrence as had been previously believed. Seminar participants — experts on sexuality and sexual…

Putting Women’s Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level

This Kaiser Family Foundation report documents the persistence of disparities between white women and women of color across the country. It provides a rare and comprehensive state-level look at disparities among women of different races and ethnicities on a broad range of indicators of health and well-being, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer, and access to health insurance and health screenings.

Health Insurance Coverage of Women, State Estimates

This fact sheet, Health Insurance Coverage of Women, provides state-by-state data on the uninsured rate, as well as rates of private insurance coverage and Medicaid coverage, among women nationally, in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Women’s Health Access:  The Role of Income and Race/Ethnicity

2001 Kaiser Women's Health Survey and Issue BriefsThe Kaiser Women's Health Survey was designed to better understand how the health system is working for women, in terms of health coverage, access to services, and in meeting their health needs. The survey also highlights the special challenges facing different groups of…

Health Coverage and Access Challenges for Low-Income Women

This issue brief examines low-income women’s health insurance coverage, experience with health plans and providers, and access to care. The analysis is based on data from the 2001 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of nearly 4,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64.Issue Brief (.pdf)

The HPV Vaccine: Access and Use in the U.S.

This factsheet discusses HPV and related cancers, use of the HPV vaccines for both females and males, and insurance coverage and access to the vaccines.

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