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Health Coverage in an Economic Downturn: Impact of Tight Budgets for Families and States
The economic downturn has strained family finances and led some Americans to cut back on medical care. The Foundation has a number of resources that shed light on how Americans and states are faring and provide background on the uninsured, employer-sponsored health insurance costs and trends in states’ Medicaid enrollment and spending.
Resources on National Health Reform Efforts
The 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.
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The Public's Health Care Agenda for the New President and Congress -- January 2009
This survey captures the public's attitudes regarding the health care agenda for President-elect Obama and the new Congress in 2009.  It assesses the relative priority placed on health care by the American public as part of addressing the economic recession and as a large scale reform issue.
Cost Sharing for Health Care: France, Germany, and Switzerland -- January 2009
This background brief examines how three European countries – France, Germany, and Switzerland – have dealt with cost sharing in their health systems, including specific policies that limit the impact on people and families with significant health care needs and low incomes.
Reports Examine Impact of Economic Turmoil on Health Coverage and State Medicaid Programs -- January 2009 KCMU Material Video/Audio
The Kaiser Family Foundation issued several new reports looking at how the recession and growing unemployment is affecting people's health coverage and state Medicaid programs. The new reports were released in conjunction with an Alliance for Health Reform briefing.
Rising Unemployment, Medicaid and the Uninsured -- January 2009 KCMU Material
This policy brief analyzes the relationship between increases in the unemployment rate and changes in the number of people covered by employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and non-group insurance policies, as well as the financial implications for government budgets.
Pulling it Together With Drew Altman: Window of Opportunity? -- January 2009
In his latest essay for "Pulling It Together, From Drew Altman," the Foundation's President and CEO explores whether current economic conditions combined with other key factors have presented a rare opportunity for successful passage of health care reform.
Turning to Medicaid and SCHIP in an Economic Recession: Conversations with Recent Applicants and Enrollees -- December 2008 KCMU Material
This issue brief, drawn from five focus group discussions, sheds light on the experiences of families who have suffered financial reversals and lost health coverage in the economic downturn, forcing many to turn to safety-net programs such as Medicaid and SCHIP for the first time.
Resources on National Health Reform Efforts -- December 2008 Video/Audio
The 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 Insurance Coverage of Women Ages 18 to 64, by State, 2006-2007 -- December 2008
This fact sheet 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.
Pulling It Together: The "R" Word Is Back -- December 2008
In his latest essay for "Pulling It Together, From Drew Altman," the Foundation's President and CEO reviews the history of regulation in health and the return of regulatory approaches to the health policy agenda and how they fit in health reform.
Approaches to Covering the Uninsured: A Guide -- December 2008 KCMU Material
This reference guide from the Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured summarizes the key strategies for expanding coverage to the nation's 45 million people without health insurance and explains how policy options can be combined to form comprehensive reform proposals.
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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.


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