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Topic: Health Policy

While a great deal of information is available to help consumers and companies deal with health reform and understand how it will affect them, there is at the same time an effort to understand how well it is meeting its goals, and how it will affect communities and the nation as a whole.

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The Uninsured: A Primer

Key facts about Americans without health insurance, assembled on the eve of coverage expansions by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In 2012, over 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured. Nearly all of the elderly are insured by Medicare, yet nearly 640,000 of the elderly were uninsured in 2012.

Escape Fire Film Discussion Guide

This discussion guide is for screening facilitators and organizers of the movie Escape Fire. It can be used for community screenings, workshops or trainings. See additional resources at the Escape Fire site.

The Number of Uninsured fell in 2011, Largely Due to Reform

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on a Census Bureau announcement stating that, in 2011, the number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years. The Census data suggest that health reform and other federal policies are responsible for a significant part of the gains in coverage.

How Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presented this brief on Medicaid expansion in July 2012, focusing on how it will impact state budgets and what role the federal government will have. The Federal government will pick up nearly all costs, even as expansion provides coverage to millions of low-income uninsured Americans.

Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: How Many Left Behind?

This July 2012 analysis from Urban Institute Health Policy Center finds that state decisions may leave without coverage 11.5 million of the 15.1 million uninsured adults who would be newly eligible for Medicaid.

Dying for Coverage: The Deadly Consequences of Being Uninsured

Uninsured adults are at least 25% more likely to die prematurely than adults who have private insurance. This June 2012 report from Families USA gives state-level breakdowns of the 26,100 people between the ages of 25 and 64 who died prematurely due to a lack of health insurance in 2010.

Medicare, Medicaid and the Deficit Debate

The Urban Institute’s April 2012 report on the relationship between Medicaid, Medicare and the federal budget deficit finds that spending in both programs has been and will continue to be significantly affected by growth in enrollment.

Five Key Questions About Medicaid And Its Role in State/Federal Budgets and Health Reform

This May 2012 fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains Medicaid’s structure, financing, purpose, its role for low-income beneficiaries, its share of the federal budget and state budgets, and the significant implications of the coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Enrollment-Driven Growth: Medicaid Spending during the Economic Downturn

This Kaiser Family Foundation report presents data on changes in Medicaid’s enrollment and spending from federal fiscal year 2007 to fy 2011, a period which includes the worst economic downturn in the United States since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The paper also examines what factors drove Medicaid spending over the period, and concludes that overall spending growth was driven largely by the enrollment growth that resulted from many people losing jobs and income during the recession. (more…)

States’ Service Cuts Are Harming the Economy

This April 2012 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities states that state budget gaps of the previous five years led to $290 billion in cuts to public services and $100 billion in tax and fee increases, actions which lengthened the recession and slowed recovery. The full title of the report is “Out of Balance: Cuts in Services Have Been States’ Primary Response to Budget Gaps, Harming the Nation’s Economy.”

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