Bush Budget Gives States Little to Cheer About
President Bush’s $3 trillion fiscal 2009 budget comes at a time when many states face a budget shortfall; new restrictions on health insurance for children, Medicaid and other programs may add to their burdens.
Will California Jumpstart National Health Care Reform?
With more uninsured than any other state — more than the entire population of Massachusetts — the Golden State could once again emerge a trendsetter.
States Let Adult Kids Stay on Parents’ Insurance
Legislatures in eight states voted this spring to require insurers to let adult children stay on their parents’ health insurance, even after the traditional cut-off dates on a child’s 18th birthday or college graduation.
Florida is Test Bed for Medicaid Overhaul
Halfway through a two-year test run, Florida’s nationally acclaimed pilot program to introduce competition to its Medicaid program has met mixed success.
How Many Kids Will Congress Cover?
The federally assisted State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) has substantially reduced the number of American children without health coverage; advocates in Congress and governors of both parties, see the program as the foundation for universal health coverage. But the Bush administration is calling for cutbacks.
States Step Ahead on Health Care Reform
Massachusetts has accomplished the improbable: It got Democrats and Republicans to agree on how to provide nearly every resident with health insurance. And it did so without boosting taxes or pushing aside private health plans. Other states – from Vermont to California — are also trying to close the uninsured gap.
Who Are the Immigrants?
This Pew Hispanic Center statistical profile provides a detailed look at the foreign-born population in the United States.
With a foreign-born population of over 35 million, who are these immigrants and what do we know about them?
Is Massachusetts a Model for Broader Health Coverage?
The Bay State’s ambitious plan to see that nearly all its citizens have health insurance depends on some unique local conditions, but policymakers in other states are eying components that could be duplicated elsewhere.
Diminishing Divide on Cultural Issues?
Even as divisive policy debates continue, public acceptance of homosexual marriage, adoption and military has increased.