Health Policy for the Low-Income Population

Research Report

Health Policy for the Low-Income Population

Major Findings from the Assessing the New Federalism Case Studies

Abstract

The report investigates how the health safety net has changed since the implementation of federal welfare reform. It finds that the combination of rising numbers of uninsured and the growing penetration of managed care is undermining the ability of health care providers, especially hospitals, to continue to provide care to the uninsured. Nine findings relating to changes to Medicaid, HIPAA, employer-sponsored coverage, and long-term care dominate the study's portrait of state health policy.

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