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04/24/2017 - Key Global Health Positions and Officials in the U.S. Government
This fact sheet identifies key U.S. government global health positions and officials.
04/21/2017 - Analysis: Insurer Financial Indicators Show Signs of Stabilizing After Transition to ACA Marketplaces
A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of key insurer financial indicators suggests that the individual insurance market showed signs of stabilizing in 2016, although profitability remained below the level of performance prior to the opening of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces. The new analysis tracks insurer financial performance in the individual market through two…More
04/21/2017 - Insurer Financial Performance in the Early Years of the Affordable Care Act
This data note looks at trends in insurer financial performance in the individual market, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces were established, finding that the market showed signs of stabilizing in 2016.
04/20/2017 - The Future of Global Health Financing Amid a Changing Policy Landscape
Global humanitarian crises, new political leadership in the U.S. and elsewhere, and a climate of fiscal austerity are reshaping the landscape for global health financing. In this context, it faces a challenging and uncertain future. On Thursday, April 20, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a policy briefing to…More
04/20/2017 - Why Trump’s Dealmaking Model Doesn’t Fit Health Care Policy
In this column as an Axios contributor, Drew Altman discusses President Trump's threat to withhold cost sharing subsidies and questions whether his approach to deal making can bridge health care's partisan and ideological divide. "Health policy is not like real estate," he says.
04/18/2017 - The President’s Malaria Initiative and Other U.S. Government Global Malaria Efforts
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of global malaria efforts and examines the U.S. government’s role in addressing malaria worldwide, including current programs, funding, and key issues.
04/17/2017 - JAMA Forum: Is the Affordable Care Act Imploding?
In this April 2017 post, Larry Levitt discusses the current status of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces, and explains how the Trump administration's choices -- including whether to continue cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers -- could influence stability of the marketplaces going forward. The post is now available at The JAMA Forum.
04/17/2017 - UNFPA Funding & Kemp-Kasten: An Explainer
This fact sheet provides an overview of the history of the Kemp-Kasten amendment, which states that no U.S. funds may be made available to “any organization or program which, as determined by the president of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization,” and examines its current application. Since enacted in 1985, Kemp-Kasten has often been used to withhold funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
04/07/2017 - A Warning From the Polls About Letting Obamacare “Explode”
In this column for Axios, Drew Altman sees a warning for the Trump administration and Republicans in the latest Kaiser Tracking Poll: the more they do to undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplaces the more the public is likely to hold them, and not the Democrats, accountable for the problems with the law.
04/06/2017 - Web Briefing for Journalists – ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies: How One Decision Could Disrupt Obamacare Marketplaces
Premiums, insurer choice, and overall stability of 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces could be affected by decisions from Congress and the Trump Administration on the health law’s cost-sharing reduction provision. With a legal appeal pending on a lawsuit from the U.S. House, the federal government and Congress are in a position to choose whether…More
04/06/2017 - Estimates: Average ACA Marketplace Premiums for Silver Plans Would Need to Increase by 19% to Compensate for Lack of Funding for Cost-Sharing Subsidies
A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that the average premium for a benchmark silver plan in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces would need to increase by an estimated 19 percent for insurers to compensate for lost funding if they don’t receive federal payment for ACA cost-sharing subsidies. Established by the health law to reimburse…More
04/06/2017 - Governors’ Proposed Budgets for FY 2018: Focus on Medicaid and Other Health Priorities
This report provides Medicaid highlights from governors’ proposed budgets for state fiscal year (FY) 2018, which runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 in most states. Proposed budgets reflect the priorities of the governor and are often blueprints for the legislature to consider.
04/04/2017 - Three Quarters of the Public, Including a Majority of Trump Supporters, Want President Trump to Try to Make the Affordable Care Act Work
Americans See Many Factors Behind AHCA’s Failure, But Few Republicans Blame President Trump Despite divided views about the Affordable Care Act, three-fourths of the public (75%) say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the law work, while one in five (19%), including 38 percent of Republicans, say the Administration…More
04/04/2017 - Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – April 2017: The Fall of the AHCA and Next Steps for the ACA
The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, fielded right after the U.S. House cancelled its vote on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), finds a majority of Americans saying it is a “good thing” that Congress did not pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). And despite divided views about the ACA, three-fourths of the public say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the existing health care law work. The survey also explores who the public blames for the failure of the Republican bill and next steps for President Trump and Republicans in Congress.
04/04/2017 - The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
This fact sheet looks at the history, funding, and future outlook of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. government's major global initiative to combat HIV/AIDS.
04/03/2017 - Don’t Expect Medicaid Work Requirements to Make a Big Difference
Under the Trump Administration, some Republican governors may look to move their Medicaid programs in a more conservative direction. In his latest column for Axios, Drew Altman discusses the arguments about Medicaid “work requirements” and why few people are likely to be affected by them in practice.
03/29/2017 - U.S. Public Opinion on Health Care Reform, 2017
This slideshow supports a Visualizing Health Policy infographic with JAMA, spotlighting public opinion on health reform in the United States as of 2017, including priorities and views of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and its provisions.
03/29/2017 - Visualizing Health Policy: U.S. Public Opinion on Health Care Reform, 2017
This slideshow supports a Visualizing Health Policy infographic with JAMA, spotlighting public opinion on health reform in the United States as of 2017, including priorities and views of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and its provisions.
03/29/2017 - Visualizing Health Policy: U.S. Public Opinion on Health Care Reform, 2017
This Visualizing Health Policy infographic with JAMA spotlights public opinion on health reform in the United States as of 2017, including priorities and views of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and its provisions.
03/22/2017 - Impact of Cost Sharing Reductions on Deductibles and Out-Of-Pocket Limits
This note illustrates the impact of the cost-sharing reductions in current law by looking at how they affect average deductibles and out-of-pocket maximum limits in benchmark silver plans in 2017 in states using the federally facilitated marketplace.