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06/23/2017 - Premiums and Tax Credits under the Affordable Care Act vs. the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act: Interactive Maps
This map compares county-level projections of premiums and tax credits for marketplace enrollees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2020 with estimates for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) as unveiled June 22 by Senate Republicans.
06/23/2017 - Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other? Includes the The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (introduced in the Senate on June 22, 2017) as well as other proposals from key members of Congress.
06/23/2017 - Favorability of the Affordable Care Act Tops 50%, While Across Many Measures, Majorities Oppose the Republican Plan to Replace It
Three-Quarters of the Public, Including Most Republicans, View Medicaid Favorably; Most Oppose Federal Funding Cuts to States As the Senate prepares to vote on the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and cap federal Medicaid funding, a new Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds most Americans oppose the Republican plan and…More
06/23/2017 - Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – June 2017: ACA, Replacement Plan, and Medicaid
As the Senate prepares to vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and limit federal Medicaid funding, a new Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds the Affordable Care Act itself remains far more popular than the bill that would replace it. A majority of Republicans, however, continue to support the Republican plan, though by a significantly narrower margin than last month. Furthermore, the Tracking Poll finds that the most of the public - regardless of partisanship - holds favorable views of Medicaid.
06/22/2017 - The Republicans’ Jekyll-and-Hyde Health Care Plan
In this New York Times op-ed, "The Republicans' Jekyll-and-Hyde Health Care Plan," Drew Altman examines the Senate health plan.
06/21/2017 - No Easy Choices: 5 Options to Respond to Per Capita Caps
Under a per capita cap, per enrollee spending would be capped, but the total amount of federal dollars to states could vary with enrollment changes and states would not be able to impose enrollment caps. Faced with restrictions in federal financing, states would have to make hard choices. This brief outlines the key measures states could use to manage their budgets and the associated challenges under a per capita cap: raise taxes or make other cuts, reduce benefits, limit coverage of high cost enrollees, reduce rates or implement delivery system reforms, and promote personal responsibility. Each option has challenges that are identified in the brief.
06/21/2017 - The Great Medicaid Divide
In his Axios column, Drew Altman examines how the core views Republicans have about Medicaid differ from those of Democrats and Independents, and how those views drive the policy changes they are proposing for the program.
06/20/2017 - Counties at Risk of Having No Insurer on the Marketplace (Exchange) in 2018
This map shows the counties at risk of having no insurer on the marketplace (exchange), created by the Affordable Care Act, in 2018, based on a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of insurer rate filings and news reports.
06/20/2017 - Map: Counties at Risk of Zero Insurers Offering Plans in the 2018 Marketplace
Ahead of the June 21 federal deadline for insurers to submit rates for healthcare.gov, the Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new map that will track counties at risk of zero insurers offering plans in the 2018 marketplace. Compiled from a Foundation analysis of insurer filings and news reports, the map charts the counties at…More
06/19/2017 - Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post Partnership Survey Probes Experiences and Views of Rural Americans
Jobs Are Major Concern for Rural Residents: Two Thirds Rate Local Job Market as Fair or Poor, and Most Would Encourage Young People to Leave for Opportunities Elsewhere A new partnership survey of rural and small town America conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Washington Post gauges the views and experiences of people…More
06/17/2017 - The Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post Survey of Rural America
In partnership with The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted the Survey of Rural America to gauge the views and experiences of people living in small towns and rural areas across the United States, and how they are similar or different from those in urban and suburban settings. In part, the survey was designed to shed light on the political views of those living in rural counties where Donald Trump scored a 26-percentage-point victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. In addition to politics, the survey gauges rural Americans' views of their communities, their sense of shared values, their economic concerns, and their views on issues of race and immigration.
06/16/2017 - State Data: What Has Happened to Health Coverage and Financing Under the Affordable Care Act?
As Congress presses forward with efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a new interactive map from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a window into the changes in health insurance coverage and financing in each state under the 7-year-old law. The ACA increased enrollment in health insurance by expanding Medicaid, offering tax credits…More
06/16/2017 - What’s at Stake with ACA Repeal?
This interactive includes a map and tables that highlight the increases in health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Marketplaces as well as the increased federal funding that resulted from the implementation of the ACA.
06/14/2017 - Analysis: Before ACA Benefits Rules, Care for Maternity, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Most Often Uncovered by Non-Group Health Plans
Three in four health plans in the non-group insurance market did not cover delivery and inpatient maternity care in 2013, before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) essential health benefits requirement took effect, finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Other major benefits most often left uncovered before the ACA include substance abuse disorder services (inpatient…More
06/14/2017 - Would States Eliminate Key Benefits if AHCA Waivers are Enacted?
This analysis offers a window into how insurers could respond if the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits requirement is rolled back, a change being considered by Congressional leaders and allowed through state waivers by the House-passed American Health Care Act as a potential way for lowering premiums.
06/14/2017 - Modeling the Impact of Global Health Budget Cuts on HIV, TB, Family Planning, and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request would cut global health programs by approximately $2.5 billion. As Congress begins considering the Administration’s request, a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis models the potential impact of the Administration’s proposed budget, as well as two budget scenarios with more modest decreases. Among the findings, the impact of global…More
06/13/2017 - What Could U.S. Budget Cuts Mean for Global Health?
President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request would cut global health programs by approximately $2.5 billion. This analysis models the potential impact of the Administration’s proposed budget, as well as two budget scenarios with more modest decreases.
06/05/2017 - 5 Million More Older Americans Would Become Uninsured under the House GOP Health Bill, and Many with Coverage Would Pay Steep Increases in Premiums 
As a group, older Americans are likely to see some of the biggest changes in their health insurance under the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Congressional Budget Office projects that the number of 50- to 64-year-olds who are uninsured would rise to 10 million in 2026, about 5.1 million more than the number…More
06/05/2017 - How ACA Repeal and Replace Proposals Could Affect Coverage and Premiums for Older Adults and Have Spillover Effects for Medicare
This brief explains the key AHCA provisions that would reshape the private market to more closely resemble the pre-Affordable Care Act period, and the effects of these changes on adults ages 50-64. The brief also discusses how changes to Medicaid could affect older, low-income adults, and how an increase in the number of uninsured older adults could have implications for the Medicare program in the future.
06/05/2017 - What Challenges Could State Insurance Markets Face Under the House’s American Health Care Act?
A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlines options for state insurance markets and challenges that states could face under the House’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Passed by the House on May 4 and now under consideration by the Senate, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal government’s…More