Kaiser Weekly Update
Friday, August 24, 2012
As the Republican and Democratic party conventions approach, the 25th survey in The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation partnership series takes a deeper look at the divisions within the two parties, and also examines independents, who are far less “independent” than believed.
The latest infographic in the Visualizing Health Policy series examines the role Medicaid plays in the lives of many Americans today, and how that role will change under the Affordable Care Act. Visualizing Health Policy is a monthly infographic series produced by the Foundation in partnership with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The infographics are freely available on JAMA’s website and published in the journal.
Effective January 2014, the Affordable Care Act establishes a new minimum Medicaid eligibility level of 138 percent of poverty for non-disabled adults who were not previously eligible for the program. Nationally, 21.5 million currently uninsured nonelderly adults may meet the income and citizenship criteria to be eligible for Medicaid after the expansion. This new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) uses the American Community Survey to describe the low-income uninsured adult population -- the target group for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA -- by state.
A historical review by the Foundation's KCMU finds that the availability of federal funds has served as a powerful incentive for states to provide health coverage to meet the health and long-term care needs of their low-income residents. More than half of states implemented a Medicaid program within the first year federal funding became available, and nearly all states were participating in Medicaid within four years. That track record provides important context for how states may respond to the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of the federal poverty level for adults who were not previously eligible for the program in 2014. The expansion is 100% federally funded for the first three years (2014-2016) and at least 90% federally funded thereafter.
A new U.S. Global Health Policy Quiz from the Foundation encourages people to test their knowledge about U.S. efforts to improve health around the world. How much of the U.S. federal budget is spent on global health? Which region of the world receives the largest amount of U.S. government funding for global health? What is the leading cause of death in low-income countries? Take the quiz and find out how much you know about U.S. global health activities. The answers page provides links to resources for additional information on each topic covered in the 10 questions.
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, August 22, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) held an event titled National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XV – Teen Survey.