October 1, 2013 |
Starting today, millions in California and nationwide can start signing up for health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. But a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that just 1 in 8 Americans knew that today was the first day to sign up to buy health insurance from newly created exchanges. The exchanges are government-run marketplaces where consumers can access competing insurance plans from a host of companies.
August 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- While Americans remain deeply divided over President Obama's healthcare law, a clear majority opposes withholding funding to implement the 2010 law, a new national survey indicates. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say they disapprove of cutting off funding for the Affordable Care Act, while just 36% say they would approve such a move, according to the most recent poll from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation . Making suspension of the healthcare law a condition for future funding of the federal government has emerged this summer as a favored strategy by many Republicans looking for ways to derail final implementation of the law. A large group of GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has urged Republican leaders to reject any government appropriations legislation this fall that continues to provide money for the law, even if the move would lead to the shutdown of the federal government.
April 22, 2013 |
A new study attributes a slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending to the recent recession and predicts more rapid growth as the economy strengthens. The report issued Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation seeks to shed light on the reasons behind the recent drop-off. The analysis found that economic factors related to the recession accounted for 77% of the reduced growth in national healthcare spending, which totaled an estimated $2.8 trillion in 2012. The remaining 23% resulted from changes in the healthcare system, such as higher patient deductibles and other changes made by insurers and medical providers, the study said.
April 18, 2010 |
The gig: President and chief executive of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a private nonprofit research and communications organization in Menlo Park, Calif., devoted to U.S. and worldwide healthcare issues. A man on a mission: A former human services commissioner in New Jersey, Altman transformed a sleepy grant maker into a major nonpartisan healthcare information source for journalists, politicians and the public. The secret of success : Altman, 59, spotted an opportunity long before healthcare made daily headlines: When he arrived at Kaiser in 1990, he saw himself as a nonprofit entrepreneur, or as he puts it, "an opportunist in pursuit of the public good."
September 1, 2008 |
RESEARCHERS have identified a new culprit, food marketers, to help explain why overweight and obesity rates are higher among African Americans (68.9%) than among whites (59.5%), according to statistics reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In a review of 22 studies published in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health, they found that advertisers specifically target African Americans with unhealthy food messages. In television and print, high-fat, high-calorie foods are more heavily promoted to African Americans.
June 20, 2007 |
Parents are growing more confident that they can protect their kids from inappropriate content on TV, the Internet and video games, a new poll has found, but still worry that their children are exposed to too much sex and violence. The mixed results from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation will probably provide ammunition for both sides in the increasingly heated debate over shielding children from excessive sex and violence in the media.