Addressing housing affordability and health

Safe, stable housing is essential to a person’s health. This brief details how Kaiser Permanente is supporting efforts to end homelessness and expand access to affordable housing by making impact investments, catalyzing innovation through partnerships, and shaping public policy. Download…

Addressing racial disparities in health care delivery (Part 2)

With COVID-19 cases still high and the Biden-Harris administration newly in place, it has never been more important to acknowledge and address racial disparities that are being exacerbated by the pandemic. In a series of blogs and interviews, Kaiser Permanente…

Priti Krishtel

Building a bigger table for a more equitable drug development system

On December 7, 2020, the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy hosted the first of a 2-part virtual forum examining racial equity in the drug development system, including during initial investments and research, patent and regulatory processes, supplier and physician…

Biosimilars at Kaiser Permanente

Biosimilars play a critical role in lowering drug prices. Kaiser Permanente successfully uses biosimilars to improve affordability for our members. We are eager to share best practices and work with policymakers to help facilitate a more competitive market for biologic…

Get ready to vote 

Voting is the cornerstone of our representative democracy.  In voting, citizens select who will make critical decisions that influence our health and lives, on topics like health coverage, education, and the environment.  American history has been a difficult struggle to…

The Medicaid Drug Rebate Program and the impact of “best price” rules

The Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP) requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to issue rebates to Medicaid for covered outpatient drugs. When they offer prescription drug  benefits, Medicaid programs must cover nearly all drugs, potentially reducing Medicaid’s leverage to negotiate discounts. Policymakers created…

Cecilia Echeverría

Census outreach: There’s still time to make a difference

Having grown up in a predominantly Latinx community in Los Angeles, CA, I know firsthand how distrust of government could reduce participation in the 2020 Census.  Fear of the data being used to target a person or family can be…

Homelessness prevention during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges, many people across the country are facing serious financial challenges. The July 2020 U.S. unemployment rate is more than twice as high as a year ago. In addition, many who kept their jobs have seen…

At a Glance: Kaiser Permanente’s Participation in Medallion Medicaid

Medicaid provides health coverage to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements and is jointly funded by states and the federal government. Virginia’s Medicaid program is…

At a Glance: Kaiser Permanente’s Participation in Apple Health

Medicaid provides health coverage to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements and is jointly funded by states and the federal government. Washington’s Medicaid program is…