Williams C, Rosen, Hudman J, O'Malley M. 2004. Challenges and tradeoffs in low-income family budgets: Implications for health coverage. Menlo Park, CA: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
, 41 pp.
Annotation: This report explores the experiences of families trying to make ends meet on limited budgets. By discussing these families' work, spending patterns, financial challenges, priorities, tradeoffs, health care, and health coverage, the report intends to provide a deeper understanding of families' financial pressures, their choices, and the information needed to assess the impact of current and proposed policies. The report, which includes an executive summary, is divided into the following sections: (1) methodology, (2) main themes, and (3) family profiles. The main themes include work, financial problems and debts, priorities and tradeoffs, health care and coverage, getting and giving help, hopes for the future, and conclusions and policy implications. The family profiles are based on in-depth interviews with families with incomes below 250% of the federal poverty level in Baltimore, Des Moines, and Oakland. The appendix gives a family budget questionnaire.
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Keywords: Budgets, Families, Health care, Health insurance, Low income groups, Poverty, Public policy, Uninsured persons, WIC Program