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Public Opinion and the Passage of the Medicare Bill

The early days of public opinion research captured Americans’ response to the first major efforts by the U.S. government to provide health care to its citizens, an undertaking that saw success in the passage of Medicare in 1965. […]

What Shapes Health?

When people say that they’re healthy, what do they mean? What external factors can cause health problems, and what is it exactly that makes a person healthy? In this HSPH/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/NPR Poll, find out what America believes shapes a person’s overall well-being. Personal habits, ways to improve health, and childhood factors influencing health are all featured in this survey. Demographic questions about weight, smoking habits, and insurance coverage are also included.

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Kaiser Health Tracking Series Updated

The Kaiser Health Tracking Series is conducted monthly to gain the public’s views on the US health care system.  The series began in 1996 and consists of over 100 studies.  In recent years, the series has focused its coverage on Health Care Reform including the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Coverage, and Access to Health Care.

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Employers Perspectives on the Health Insurance Market

New health care legislation affects small business owners in unique ways.  They deal first-hand with the potential fiscal and staffing issues brought about the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  Employers have to balance staff concerns, costs, and health priorities.  This Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, asks private-sector employers about these issues.  Questions focus on health insurance plans, insurance marketplaces, account types, wellness programs, and insurance carriers.

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Public Attitudes about Mental Health

Mental health care in the U.S. underwent significant changes over the past decade. New regulations mandated increases in mental health coverage, while state budget cuts for mental health services have resulted in the largest total cuts to such spending since the 1970s. But what does the public think? […]