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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Updated State Health Data from Kaiser Family Foundation

Statehealthfacts.org, which is part of the the Kaiser Family Foundation website, has recently added new and updated data on Demographics and the Economy, Health Coverage & Uninsured, Medicaid & CHIP, Medicare,Providers & Service Use, and Minority Health

Demographics & the Economy

  • Population Characteristics
    The latest demographic data for the population including age, gender, citizenship status, family structure, income, metropolitan area, and race/ethnicity based on analysis of the Census Bureau’s 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS) by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Urban Institute are now available for all states and the nation. Updated demographic data on people living in
    povertyare also available for all states.
  • Households in Poverty
    Updated data from the Census Bureau on poverty rates and median incomes based on household income have been added for 2006-2008 and 2007-2008 for all states and the nation.
  • Employment Status
    Updated household employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on workers represented by unionsfor 2008 have been added and are available for all states and the nation. The 2008 state-by-state distribution of workers by occupationalcategory based on the 2009 CPS is also available by state.
  • Unemployment
    The latest data from the BLS on unemployment rates have been added for all states and the nation for August 2009.
  • Food Stamp Program
    The most recent information from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service on monthly food stamp enrollment is now available for all states and the nation for July 2009.
  • State Fiscal Distress
    Aggregate state rankings in foreclosures, unemployment, and food stamp participation have been updated with the most recent unemployment data and the latest food stamp enrollment data.

Health Coverage & Uninsured

  • Health Insurance Status
    Health coverage data for key populations - the
    nonelderly, children, adults, men, women, parents, and adults without dependent children– have been updated to 2008 based on analysis of the 2009 CPS by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Urban Institute. New data on the health insurance status of childrenand adultsbased on income ranges outlined in health reform bills currently being debated in Congress have also been added and are available for all states and for the nation.
  • Coverage Trends
    Data on state and national health coverage trends from 2005-2008 and 2007-2008 based on analysis of the CPS are now available for the nonelderly, adults, and children.

Medicaid & CHIP

  • Medicaid Budget Policy
    Updated data from the latest 50-state Medicaid budget survey by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured on state Medicaid budget policies to control costs in Medicaid or to expand the program are now available for state FY 2009 and FY 2010. The number of states that have implemented or proposed Medicaid cost-containment actionsrelated to provider payment changes, eligibility cuts, pharmacy controls, benefit reductions, co-pays, managed care expansions, disease and case management, fraud and abuse, and long term care are available by state. Also available is information about “positive” Medicaid policy actions, such as increased provider payments, expanded benefits, increased eligibility, and changes in the delivery of long term care services.

Medicare

  • Medicare Population Demographics
    Updated demographic data on Medicare enrollees by age, federal poverty level, gender, and race/ethnicity based on analysis of the 2009 Current Population Survey have been added and are available for all states and the nation.

Providers & Service Use

  • Access to Care
    Updated data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey on the percentage of the adults who reported not seeing a doctor due to cost are now available for 2008.
  • Health Care Employment
    Updated data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the population employed in the health care field are now available for 2008 for all states and the nation.

Minority Health

  • Minority Population
    The latest Black, Hispanic, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, and Native American population data based on analysis of the 2009 Current Population Survey have been added for all states and the nation.

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