Resources on National Health Reform EffortsThe Kaiser Family Foundation has a number of resources that provide insight into the nation’s health care challenges and various health reform proposals being considered at the national and state levels.
Health Coverage & The Uninsured
Lack of health insurance coverage for 46 million Americans is one of the nation's most pressing problems. While most elderly Americans have coverage through Medicare and over 60% of non-elderly Americans receive health coverage through employer-sponsored plans, many workers and their families remain uninsured because their employer does not offer coverage or they cannot afford the cost of coverage. Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) help fill in the gaps for low-income children and some of their parents, but the reach of these programs is limited. As a result, millions of Americans without health insurance face adverse health consequences because of delayed or foregone health care and extending coverage to the uninsured has become a national priority.
This section provides data and information on the uninsured population, profiling the uninsured and describing the consequences to individuals and society from lack of health insurance. Data from surveys, studies of the impact of lack of insurance, and analysis of proposals for reform are provided. These materials can help to inform the debate on how to achieve coverage for the nation's 46 million uninsured.
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured is the main source for the Foundation's work related to the uninsured population. The Commission provides analysis of the uninsured population, and the impact of lack of insurance on access to care and health status with a particular focus on the low-income population. Through its reports and briefings, the Commission provides up-to-date information on the number and characteristics of the uninsured and assesses options for reform. In addition, the Foundation continues to assess both incremental and comprehensive proposals to address the uninsured, including modeling reform proposals ranging from tax credits to expansions of public programs.
The Uninsured: A Primer
This primer, updated with 2007 data, reviews the basic profile of the uninsured population, how they receive care, and what the are options for increasing coverage.
Slides on Health Coverage and the Uninsured
View, download and print hundreds of graphics and tables presenting health policy statistics and trends from studies by Kaiser and others, for use in presentations or as meeting handouts.
New Study Shows Uninsured Receive Less Care and Experience Worse Outcomes
A new study commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation and authored by Dr. Jack Hadley of The Urban Institute and featured in the March 14, 2007, Journal of the American Medical Association theme issue on Access to Care documents that people who are uninsured receive less care and have worse outcomes following an accident or the onset of a new chronic condition than those with insurance.
Health Coverage for Low-Income Americans: An Evidence-Based Approach to Public Policy
A new report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured reviews and synthesizes the evidence from research and public program experience related to structuring health coverage for the low-income population. The report assesses central design issues including eligibility, use of premiums and cost sharing, scope of benefits, and financing.
Public Opinion on the Uninsured
Kaiser Health Poll Report examines the public's opinion on the importance of expanding health coverage for the uninsured, personal concern about their own ability to access and pay for health insurance, knowledge and perceptions about the uninsured, as well as views on different policy options for expanding access to health care for more Americans.
KaiserEDU.org provides information that can be used as part of an academic course or as an additional source for independent research, featuring an Issue Module on expanding health coverage to the uninsured and a Reference Library on the uninsured.
Stay up-to-date on the latest information on the uninsured with kaisernetwork.org's Issue Spotlight, which feature links to the latest Kaiser Daily Reports stories, webcasts and other resources.
From the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report