Research

KFF Brief Points to Need for Greater Investment in Consumer Assistance to Connect People to Health Coverage

This week, I’m reading findings from a new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) brief about who uses consumer assistance programs established under the Affordable Care Act, who does and does not get help, why they seek assistance, and the difference the programs can make in consumers’ ability to obtain health coverage. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Consumer Assistance […]

US Census: 425,000 More Uninsured Children

Statement by Joan Alker, in response to Current Population Survey data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today showing that the number of uninsured children increased by 425,000, and the uninsured rate increased by 0.6 percentage points to 5.5 percent in 2018. “Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today confirm our worst fears. An […]

Preparing for the Release of the American Community Survey Data and the New Census Data Tool

This week, we are preparing for the release of the first batch of health insurance data from the 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) on September 10, 2019 via the U.S. Census Bureau’s new platform Data.Census.Gov. Typically the Census releases ACS data online in several ways: the annual Census reports on income, poverty and health insurance […]

Research Update: New Study on Medicaid Fee Bump on Prenatal Care Utilization

This week, I am reading a study finding that a temporary increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care in 2013-2014 increased utilization of prenatal care among expectant mothers, particularly among non-Hispanic Black/African American women.  The Maternal and Child Health Journal’s Effect of the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase on Prenatal Care Utilization Among Medicaid-Insured […]

Research Update: A Spotlight on Children’s Oral Health

This week, I am reading the latest research on children’s oral health. Some of the notable findings include: poorer children’s oral health leads to worse academic performance, there continue to be disparities in access to child preventive oral health services, and providing dental benefits to parents may have a positive impact on children’s use of […]