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Health Reform FAQs

This list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Obamacare covers the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces (aka exchanges), individual mandate, benefits, and more. It provides answers to questions about specific groups, such as young adults, smokers, the uninsured, and non-traditional households.

Conversation on Health Care and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Join Us October 23 at KFF’s Headquarters in San Francisco Health care ranks among the top issues voters want to hear candidates talk about on the campaign trail, with costs being the most concerning health issue for voters. Meanwhile, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be challenged in the judicial systemMore

Conversation on Health Care and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Join Us October 23 at KFF’s Headquarters in San Francisco Health care ranks among the top issues voters want to hear candidates talk about on the campaign trail, with costs being the most concerning health issue for voters. Meanwhile, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be challenged in the judicial systemMore

Conversation on Health Care and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Join Us October 23 at KFF’s Headquarters in San Francisco Health care ranks among the top issues voters want to hear candidates talk about on the campaign trail, with costs being the most concerning health issue for voters. Meanwhile, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be challenged in the judicial systemMore

Implications of “Medicare for All” and “Public Plan” Strategies: New Brief and Interactive Tool Summarize Legislative Proposals and Key Issues

The idea of expanding the role of government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid has received renewed attention on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail this year as policymakers consider ways to expand health insurance coverage and moderate health care costs. Lawmakers have introduced eight such proposals in the current Congress. They range fromMore

Implications of “Medicare for All” and “Public Plan” Strategies: New Brief and Interactive Tool Summarize Legislative Proposals and Key Issues

The idea of expanding the role of government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid has received renewed attention on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail this year as policymakers consider ways to expand health insurance coverage and moderate health care costs. Lawmakers have introduced eight such proposals in the current Congress. They range fromMore

Compare Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Proposals

This side-by-side interactive compares eight Medicare-for-All and public plan option bills that have been introduced in the 115th Congress. The interactive allows users to compare these proposals across a number of dimensions, including eligibility, benefits, cost sharing, provider payments, and more.

Compare Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Proposals

This side-by-side interactive compares eight Medicare-for-All and public plan option bills that have been introduced in the 115th Congress. The interactive allows users to compare these proposals across a number of dimensions, including eligibility, benefits, cost sharing, provider payments, and more.

Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Buy-In Proposals: Overview and Key Issues

This issue brief compares eight Medicare-for-All and public plan option bills that have been introduced in the 115th Congress. The brief describes the range of proposals on the table and raises key questions related to how these proposals could affect coverage, out-of-pocket costs, existing coverage, payments to providers, as well as overall costs and financing, and potential tradeoffs.

Individual Insurance Market Performance in Mid-2018

Results from mid-2018 suggest that despite significant challenges, the individual market remains stable and insurers are generally profitable. Insurer financial results from 2018 – after the Administration’s decision to cease cost-sharing subsidy payments, but before the repeal of the individual mandate penalty in the tax overhaul goes into effect – showed no sign of a market collapse.

Data Note: Further Reductions in Navigator Funding for Federal Marketplace States

On Sept. 12, 2018, CMS released funding awards for the federal marketplace Navigators for 2018-2019, which reduced funding to $10 million. This brief reviews data presented by CMS as well as other data sources to assess the work and effectiveness of Navigators.

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – Late Summer 2018: The Election, Pre-Existing Conditions, and Surprises on Medical Bills

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll continues to find pre-existing conditions as a widespread concern with most Americans saying it is very important that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions remain law. With health care costs continuing to be a major topic in the 2018 campaigns, the poll looks at the public’s experiences with unexpected medical bills and finds that this tops a list of possible problems people could face. In addition, the poll examines the public’s views of President Trump’s contentious relationship with prescription drug companies.

Poll: The ACA’s Pre-Existing Condition Protections Remain Popular with the Public, including Republicans, As Legal Challenge Looms This Week

Public Not Confident in President Trump’s Calls on Drug Companies to Lower Prices As a federal court considers a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality, the public, including most Republicans, wants protections for people with pre-existing conditions preserved, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds. Large majorities of Americans say it is “veryMore

New Chart Collection Examines the Public’s Malleable Views Around a National Health Plan and Expanding Access to Medicare

For many years, the Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion on the idea of national health plan. Since the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rallying cry for “Medicare-for-all,” our polls have shown a modest increase in support for the idea of a national health plan, and broad support for proposalsMore

Public Opinion on Single-Payer, National Health Plans, and Expanding Access to Medicare Coverage

Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion on the idea of a national health plan and finds a modest recent increase in support for a national health plan over time, and broader support for proposals that expand Medicare, particularly optional expansion plans. As the 2018 midterm elections approach, it is unclear that this issue will play a major role in the general election, with few voters saying a candidate’s position on a national health plan is an important factor in their vote.