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Kaiser Famjily Foundation Weekly Update
Kaiser Family Foundation

December, 2010

 
Kaiser Weekly Update
 
 
Friday, December 3, 2010
 
 
New and Noteworthy
  • NBA, Walgreens, Major Media, Among Those Who Declare "We Are Greater Than AIDS" on World AIDS Day

  • Updated HIV/AIDS Resources for World AIDS Day

  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Medicare Changes In Recent Deficit-Reduction Proposals

  • Study Examines How States Review Proposed Health Insurance Rates

  • Updated Resources on Health Coverage and the Uninsured Now Include Latest Census Data

  • Optimizing Medicaid Enrollment: Spotlight on Technology - Using Schools and Data Matching to Enroll Kids in Medicaid and CHIP

  • Kaiser's November Update on Health Disparities

  • Updated State-Level Data on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities For Women

  • Statehealthfacts.org Updates Data on Childhood Immunizations, Physicians, Flu/Pneumonia Deaths, Dentists, FQHCs, and More

 
This week's...
  • Events at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center
  • Kaiser Health News Original Reporting and Commentary
  • Kaiser Daily Reports
 
 
New and Noteworthy

NBA, Walgreens, Major Media, Among Those Who Declare "We Are Greater Than AIDS" on World AIDS Day

To coincide with World AIDS Day (December 1st), Greater Than AIDS, a national movement supported by a broad coalition of public and private sector partners, announced significant new commitments in response to the AIDS crisis in America with a focus on those most affected by the disease. New commitments from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Walgreens are added to those made by leading media, state and local health departments, community organizations, among others to increase knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma that surrounds the disease. The news release is available online.

Updated HIV/AIDS Resources for World AIDS Day

For World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the Foundation updated its global and domestic resources on HIV/AIDS. Those resources include: the fact sheet The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic; updated Country-Level HIV/AIDS statistics on Globalhealthfacts.org; the fact sheet The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States; the fact sheet Black Americans and HIV/AIDS; the fact sheet Latinos and HIV/AIDS; the fact sheet Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States; and updated HIV/AIDS statistics on Statehealthfacts.org. The Foundation has also updated several slides on the status of the epidemic. A tutorial and issue module on the state of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic are also available from kaiserEDU.org.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Medicare Changes In Recent Deficit-Reduction Proposals

With major changes to Medicare being considered as part of broader deficit and debt-reduction plans, the Foundation has prepared a brief comparing the Medicare recommendations in six key proposals, including reports and plans released in the past few weeks by the Administration's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, chaired by Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson; the Debt Reduction Task Force, chaired by Dr. Alice Rivlin and former Sen. Peter Domenici; Rep. Paul Ryan and Dr. Alice Rivlin; and Rep. Jan Schakowsky. The brief is available online.

Study Examines How States Review Proposed Health Insurance Rates

With the 2010 health reform law creating a new federal role to examine unreasonable increases in health insurance premiums in certain cases, a new Foundation study examines the existing state laws and regulations that govern the review process for health insurance rates. The study finds dramatic variations across states, with some states having no authority at all and others with robust authority to review and approve or disapprove rates before they are implemented. It is available online.

Updated Resources on Health Coverage and the Uninsured Now Include Latest Census Data

The Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) has updated its resources on health coverage and the uninsured to reflect new data released in September by the U.S. Census Bureau, and to include information about the potential impact of the health reform law on the uninsured population. Those resources include: The Uninsured: A Primer; the fact sheet The Uninsured and the Difference Health Insurance Makes; the issue brief Five Facts on the Uninsured; and portions of the Foundation's State Health Facts website related to Health Coverage & Uninsured.

Optimizing Medicaid Enrollment: Spotlight on Technology - Using Schools and Data Matching to Enroll Kids in Medicaid and CHIP

A new KCMU issue brief examines efforts by the Chicago Public School system to use multiple strategies including data matching with the school lunch program to target children for outreach and enrollment in public health insurance and other benefits. It is the third brief in a series profiling several states' innovative applications of technology to Medicaid enrollment efforts.

Kaiser's November Update on Health Disparities

The Foundation's November Update on Health Disparities includes summaries of news coverage on racial and ethnic disparities in children's health coverage across states and the role barbershops can play in decreasing high blood pressure among African American men. It also examines new research examining geographic access to hospice care. The November update is available online.

Updated State-Level Data on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities For Women

The Foundation has updated its state-level analysis of racial and ethnic health disparities for women with newer data that span a broad range of indicators of health and well-being. The updated data is available online.

Statehealthfacts.org Updates Data on Childhood Immunizations, Physicians, Flu/Pneumonia Deaths, Dentists, FQHCs, and More

Statehealthfacts.org has added new data from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on enrollment as of November 1, 2010, in the new pre-existing condition insurance plan established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. The most recent state-by-state data on federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), including total FQHCs and revenue by source, are available for 2009 from the National Association of Community Health Centers. Updated information on nonfederal physicians from the American Medical Association and dentists from the American Dental Association has been added for 2009. New data are available from the US Census Bureau's 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS) on the percentage of the total population living below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and the health coverage status of the adult and nonelderly populations living below 200% FPL. The latest information on cost of living variation among selected urban areas is available for 2010 based on Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) analysis of the Council for Community and Economic Research's ACCRA Cost of Living Index. New data on deaths caused by influenza and pneumonia have been added and are available for 2007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s National Center for Health Statistics. Also available from the National Center for Health Statistics is information on death rates by gender and race/ethnicity, including deaths caused by cancer, diabetes, and firearms. Over twenty topics on health disparities among women of different races and ethnicities have been updated based on the Kaiser Family Foundation report Putting Women's Health Care Disparities on the Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level.

 

At the Barbara Jordan Conference Center

In addition to Kaiser Family Foundation events listed above, a number of external organizations conduct activities at the Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, December 1, The Women's Law and Public Policy held a discussion with the researchers and authors of "The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV".

>> Learn More about the Conference Center

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