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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)

Self Description

January 2007: "The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.

KFF develops and runs its own research and communications programs, often in partnership with outside organizations. The Foundation contracts with a wide range of outside individuals and organizations through its programs. Through our policy research and communications programs, we work to provide reliable information in a health system in which the issues are increasingly complex and the nation faces difficult challenges and choices.

The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries."

Third-Party Descriptions

October 2008: "_ More and more are postponing needed care, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday. The portion who said they or a family member have put off needed care climbed to 36 percent in the Oct. 8-13 telephone poll, up from 29 percent in April. Almost one-third had skipped a recommended test or treatment, up from 24 percent. In both cases, about one-fifth said their condition got worse as a result."

October 2008: "I do not discriminate at an individual level, but many doctors, including myself, discriminate more broadly by moving our clinics to wealthier parts of the city, for example. To compensate for the cost of treating uninsured patients (about 10 percent of my practice), I inflate my charges for all patients, thus increasing my income from commercial insurance. According to a Kaiser Commission report, uncompensated care for the uninsured cost $41 billion in 2004 , the majority of which was paid by the government."

July 2007: These are the kinds of systemic problems that lead to widespread racial disparities in health. Consider the medical picture for my black male peers. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, black men are the least healthy ethnic group in the United States. Their death rate (1,282 per 100,000 in 2004) outstrips that of all other ethnic groups, including non-Hispanic whites, 949; Native Americans, 750.2; Hispanics, 702.7; and Asians, 534.1. Black men also have higher rates of heart disease, HIV/AIDS and certain kinds of cancer, including prostate, lung and colon.

June 2007: The cost difference compared to traditional employer-based health insurance is especially stark, in most cases, for women who have complicated pregnancies, according to the study released yesterday by Georgetown University and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

January 2007: 'Health care for the uninsured is back on the agenda,' said Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that researches health-care issues. 'The governors are trying to lead the way, but it's also going to take national action to try to address this problem.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Kaiser Health News Organization Nov 22, 2014
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Drew E. Altman Ph.D. Person Jul 6, 2005
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Jacob "Jack" Joseph Lew Esq. Person Sep 27, 2013
Possible/Unclear Prof. Cindy Mann Esq. Person Jul 1, 2006
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Mark Merlis Person Dec 12, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Diane Rowland Sc.D. Person Jun 13, 2006
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Prof. Donna E. Shalala Ph.D. Person Sep 19, 2006

Articles and Resources

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Oct 29, 2013 Cancellations, modifications coming for many Americans in individual health consumer market

QUOTE: according to an insurance industry source with knowledge of the implementation of Obamacare, is that many Americans, especially those with high deductible, catastrophic care policies will see drastic changes. As new minimum requirements for their plans take effect next year, modifications and even cancellations may become necessary for those and other consumers...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 05, 2013 A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

QUOTE: interviews with a wide array of conservatives show that the confrontation that precipitated the crisis was the outgrowth of a long-running effort to undo the law, the Affordable Care Act, since its passage in 2010 — waged by a galaxy of conservative groups with more money, organized tactics and interconnections than is commonly known.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2011 Abortion Opponents Use Health Law to Put Restrictions in Private Insurance

QUOTE: As more states begin setting up health care exchanges for individuals to buy insurance under the new health care law, abortion opponents are using the opportunity to try to restrict abortion coverage in private insurance plans... “We are facing an avalanche of anti-choice bills at the state level.”

New York Times
Nov 08, 2009 Swine flu: Without paid sick leave, workers won't stay home: Many workers choose to work if they don't have paid sick leave. Now, partly because of swine flu, 15 states are considering laws to make paid sick leave mandatory.

QUOTE: Nearly half of all American workers do not have paid sick leave, and half of these are more likely to go to work feeling unwell – or send an ill child to school – rather than take an unpaid day off.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 05, 2009 Health Care Debate Revives Immigration Battle

QUOTE: During the summer recess, members of Congress faced persistent questions from constituents worried that health care changes could leave taxpayers footing medical bills for illegal immigrants.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2009 Calls to tax junk food gain ground: A surcharge on cigarettes has helped curb smoking, but will the same tactic work to fight obesity?

QUOTE: To make a significant dent in escalating rates of obesity, taxes would have to be steep and widespread.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 08, 2009 In Retooled Health-Care System, Who Will Say No? Questions About Cost And Limits Linger

QUOTE: How will tough decisions be made about what to spend money on?

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2009 Paying for healthcare overhaul may fall unevenly on states: States such as New York are most likely to pay higher taxes to fund expanded coverage but have less to gain, policy analysts say.

QUOTE: Some of the "bluest" states that propelled Obama into the White House are among those most likely to pay more in taxes to fund expanded health insurance coverage and make other changes to the system, analysts say.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 23, 2009 Bringing Down the House: The sobering lessons of health reform in Massachusetts. (Prescriptions)

QUOTE: Despite having health insurance, roughly one in 10 [Massachusetts] state residents still failed to fill prescriptions, ended up with unpaid medical bills, or skipped needed medical care for financial reasons. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to insure more Massachusetts citizens, but many people still weren't getting necessary care.

Oct 14, 2008 Equal Treatment for the Uninsured? Don't Count on It. Lack of Compensation Can Tempt Doctors to Tailor Their Care to a Patient's Coverage

QUOTE: It's not uncommon for patients with no insurance or poor insurance to receive different treatment. A 2006 study of 25 primary care private practices in the Washington area showed that in nearly one in four encounters, physicians reported adjusting their clinical management based on a patient's insurance status; nearly 90 percent of physicians admitted to making such adjustments.

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2007 LIFE SUPPORT: I Treat the Patients Michael Moore Forgot

QUOTE: Moore says up front in the movie that he is not focusing on the nearly 50 million people who have no access to care at all .... Unfortunately, by giving cursory treatment to race and class, he avoided tackling the most intractable problems in this country's health care system.

Washington Post
Jun 13, 2007 High-Deductible Plans Cost More For Maternity Care: Study Compares Out-of-Pocket Expense

QUOTE: The first study of its kind has found that families typically pay much more out of pocket for maternity care under the new high-deductible health insurance plans paired with health savings accounts that have been heavily touted by President Bush and others. The cost difference compared to traditional employer-based health insurance is especially stark, in most cases, for women who have complicated pregnancies.

Washington Post
May 10, 2007 Katrina Hit Blacks Harder Than Whites, Study Finds

QUOTE: The proportion of black respondents who described their lives as "disrupted" more than a year after the storm (59 percent) was about double that of whites who said the same (29 percent). The racial disparities ran across job experiences, housing and health. Researchers said the differences persist even when comparing blacks and whites who have similar incomes.

Washington Post
Jan 09, 2007 Schwarzenegger Proposes Universal Health Coverage: California Plan Could Cost State $12 Billion

QUOTE: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Monday proposed a system of universal health insurance for Californians that would make the nation's most populous state the third to guarantee medical coverage for all its residents....Much of the opposition to Schwarzenegger's program, which requires legislative approval, is expected to come from his fellow Republicans, who object that the plan will be costly for small businesses.

Washington Post
Sep 05, 2006 Number of Uninsured Children Rises: Census Figures Show 8.3 Million Youths Lacked Health Coverage in 2005

QUOTE: The discouraging development surprised some health experts, who attributed the change to budget crunches that led some states to curtail enrollment of children in government-subsidized plans and steady declines in the number of people who receive health insurance through their jobs.

Washington Post
Aug 17, 2006 Employer Health Costs Threaten Profits

QUOTE: When wages are inflexible, employers respond to higher health insurance premiums through increased "cost sharing" with employees by raising out-of-pocket payments or covering less of the premium payment. Companies have also resorted to more drastic options for dealing with long-term increases in health insurance premiums:

Jun 30, 2006 Medicaid Rule Called A Threat To Millions: Proof of Citizenship Needed for Benefits

QUOTE: A Medicaid rule takes effect tomorrow that will require more than 50 million poor Americans to prove their citizenship or lose their medical benefits or long-term care. Under the rule, intended to curb fraud by illegal immigrants...unintended consequence of harming several million U.S. citizens who, for a variety of reasons, will not be able to produce the necessary paperwork.

Washington Post
Jun 08, 2006 Unlocking The Mystery Of Health Care Pricing

QUOTE: Both physicians and insurers profit from the current system in which pricing is so complicated that it is sometimes impossible to determine what a given procedure or office visit will cost.

May 24, 2006 For cheaper prescription drugs, see your doctor

QUOTE: It's easy to blame the drug companies, the government and retail drug outlets for the hype, high costs and misleading information about prescription drugs. But you can fight back.
May 07, 2006 Contra-Contraception

QUOTE: It may be news to many people that contraception as a matter of right and public health is no longer a given, but politicians and those in the public health profession know it well.

New York Times

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