Kaiser Weekly Update
Friday, December 3, 2010
New and Noteworthy
NBA, Walgreens, Major Media, Among Those Who Declare "We Are Greater Than AIDS" on World AIDS Day
For World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the Foundation updated its global and domestic resources on HIV/AIDS. Those resources include: the fact sheet The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic; updated Country-Level HIV/AIDS statistics on Globalhealthfacts.org; the fact sheet The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States; the fact sheet Black Americans and HIV/AIDS; the fact sheet Latinos and HIV/AIDS; the fact sheet Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States; and updated HIV/AIDS statistics on Statehealthfacts.org. The Foundation has also updated several slides on the status of the epidemic. A tutorial and issue module on the state of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic are also available from kaiserEDU.org.
With major changes to Medicare being considered as part of broader deficit and debt-reduction plans, the Foundation has prepared a brief comparing the Medicare recommendations in six key proposals, including reports and plans released in the past few weeks by the Administration's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, chaired by Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson; the Debt Reduction Task Force, chaired by Dr. Alice Rivlin and former Sen. Peter Domenici; Rep. Paul Ryan and Dr. Alice Rivlin; and Rep. Jan Schakowsky. The brief is available online.
With the 2010 health reform law creating a new federal role to examine unreasonable increases in health insurance premiums in certain cases, a new Foundation study examines the existing state laws and regulations that govern the review process for health insurance rates. The study finds dramatic variations across states, with some states having no authority at all and others with robust authority to review and approve or disapprove rates before they are implemented. It is available online.
Updated Resources on Health Coverage and the Uninsured Now Include Latest Census Data
A new KCMU issue brief examines efforts by the Chicago Public School system to use multiple strategies including data matching with the school lunch program to target children for outreach and enrollment in public health insurance and other benefits. It is the third brief in a series profiling several states' innovative applications of technology to Medicaid enrollment efforts.
The Foundation's November Update on Health Disparities includes summaries of news coverage on racial and ethnic disparities in children's health coverage across states and the role barbershops can play in decreasing high blood pressure among African American men. It also examines new research examining geographic access to hospice care. The November update is available online.
The Foundation has updated its state-level analysis of racial and ethnic health disparities for women with newer data that span a broad range of indicators of health and well-being. The updated data is available online.
Statehealthfacts.org has added new data from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on enrollment as of November 1, 2010, in the new pre-existing condition insurance plan established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. The most recent state-by-state data on federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), including total FQHCs and revenue by source, are available for 2009 from the National Association of Community Health Centers. Updated information on nonfederal physicians from the American Medical Association and dentists from the American Dental Association has been added for 2009. New data are available from the US Census Bureau's 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS) on the percentage of the total population living below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and the health coverage status of the adult and nonelderly populations living below 200% FPL. The latest information on cost of living variation among selected urban areas is available for 2010 based on Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) analysis of the Council for Community and Economic Research's ACCRA Cost of Living Index. New data on deaths caused by influenza and pneumonia have been added and are available for 2007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s National Center for Health Statistics. Also available from the National Center for Health Statistics is information on death rates by gender and race/ethnicity, including deaths caused by cancer, diabetes, and firearms. Over twenty topics on health disparities among women of different races and ethnicities have been updated based on the Kaiser Family Foundation report Putting Women's Health Care Disparities on the Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level.
In addition to Kaiser Family Foundation events listed above, a number of external organizations conduct activities at the Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, December 1, The Women's Law and Public Policy held a discussion with the researchers and authors of "The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV".