Research Category: Safety Net


Community Conversation on Health Summary Report

October 11, 2014

On October 11, 2014, the Health Forward Foundation of Greater Kansas City (Health Forward) and the United Way of Greater Kansas City partnered to sponsor the “Community Conversation on Health”. Asked to attend were people in the community most challenged by the current economic and health care system – the uninsured and underserved. The...


Currently Eligible Adults in Medicaid: The Few Who Qualify

April 1, 2014

This issue brief describes the non-disabled adults under age 65 in Medicaid and identifies how much the state pays to cover these adults. It also examines how the ACA may affect the number of adults enrolled in Medicaid.


Health Gaps

August 15, 2013

At a time when health care providers and policy makers are exploring new models to promote better health and improve health care, different populations experience persistent and increasing disparities in health status. In the United States, life expectancy and other health status measures vary dramatically depending on factors, such as...


Caring for the Uninsured at Missouri Hospitals

May 30, 2012

Thousands of Missourians have inadequate health insurance, or none at all, but they still need health services. Hospitals in the state face a growing challenge, trying to meet their needs while finding other ways to cover the cost. Services for these residents fall into two categories – “charity care” that...


Medicaid’s Role for Hispanic Americans

June 7, 2011

In 2009, 27% of Hispanic Americans—13 million people, including 9 million children—were covered by Medicaid, compared to 33% covered by employer-based coverage and 5% covered by Medicare (see Figure 1). In contrast, 11% of non-Hispanic white Americans were covered by Medicaid. Hispanic Americans account for 1 in 4 Medicaid enrollees.


Explaining Health Reform: The New Rules for Determining Income Under Medicaid in 2014

June 1, 2011

To ensure coordination of eligibility and coverage across the different health care programs, the ACA requires states to make major changes in the way that they determine eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP in order to align with the income tax-based rules for premium credits in the exchanges. The biggest change...


Affordable Care Act Provisions Relating to the Care of Dually Eligible Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries

May 30, 2011

The ACA presents an array of new and enhanced options to improve care for dual eligibles: through better care integration, improved quality measures, and increased access to home and community-based long term services and supports. This brief identifies major provisions in the ACA that relate to the care of dual...


Ensuring Access to Care in Medicaid Under Health Reform, Executive Summary

This paper examines the key issues raised in a December 2010 roundtable discussion of federal and state officials and experts convened by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured to examine important issues related to ensuring access to care in Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...


Medicaid’s Role for Black Americans

May 7, 2011

In 2009, 27% of black Americans—10 million people, including 6 million children—were covered by Medicaid, compared to 39% covered by employer-based coverage and 9% covered by Medicare (see Figure 1). In contrast, 11% of non-Hispanic white Americans were covered by Medicaid. Black Americans account for 1 in 5 Medicaid enrollees.


State Strategies to Improve Dental Compliance in Missouri’s Medicaid Population

June 7, 2008

This paper provides an overview of effective state strategies to improve dental compliance as a means to create a clinically sound pattern of primary dental care.

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