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New Rules for Section 1332 Waivers: Changes and Implications

On October 22, 2018, the Trump administration released new guidance on Section 1332 waivers established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new guidance may encourage states to use 1332 waiver authority to make broader changes to insurance coverage for their residents, including to promote the sale of, and apply subsidies to, ACA non-compliant policies. On November 29, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a discussion paper outlining a set of waiver concepts designed to provide states with a roadmap for developing waiver applications that use the flexibility granted under the new guidance. This issue brief describes the new guidance, highlighting key changes from the 2015 guidance, describes how state waiver activity may change, particularly in light of the waiver concepts put forward by CMS, and discusses possible implications of the changes.

Cost-Sharing for Plans Offered in the Federal Marketplace for 2019

This analysis documents average deductibles and out-of-pocket limits for 2019 Affordable Care Act marketplace plans available on Healthcare.gov on all metal tiers, including silver plans after cost-sharing reductions are applied.

Medicare for All is a Double-Edged Sword for Democrats

In an Axios column, Drew Altman analyzes the political pros and cons of Medicare for All and Medicare buy-in plans for Democrats, and how they may handle it in Congress and the presidential campaign.

Ask KFF: Karen Pollitz Answers 3 Questions on Trump Administration’s New ACA Waiver Guidelines

Karen Pollitz answers three questions on the Trump administration's recent changes to the ACA Section 1332 state innovation waiver guidelines and the implications for consumers and state marketplaces in our new “Ask KFF” feature.

Ask KFF: Karen Pollitz Answers 3 Questions on Trump Administration’s New ACA Waiver Guidelines

Karen Pollitz answers three questions on the Trump administration's recent changes to the ACA Section 1332 state innovation waiver guidelines and the implications for consumers and state marketplaces in our new “Ask KFF” feature.

Public Opinion on Women’s Health and Preventive Care

This slideshow draws on findings from a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll to provide an in-depth look at public opinion on women's health and preventive care. Results include Americans' awareness and attitudes toward Affordable Care Act provisions for women's health and preventive care, as well as the public's views toward federal funding for Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care for lower income women.

Public Opinion on Women’s Health and Preventive Care

This slideshow draws on findings from a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll to provide an in-depth look at public opinion on women's health and preventive care. Results include Americans' awareness and attitudes toward Affordable Care Act provisions for women's health and preventive care, as well as the public's views toward federal funding for Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care for lower income women.

Public Opinion on Women’s Health and Preventive Care

This slideshow draws on findings from a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll to provide an in-depth look at public opinion on women's health and preventive care. Results include Americans' awareness and attitudes toward Affordable Care Act provisions for women's health and preventive care, as well as the public's views toward federal funding for Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care for lower income women.

KFF Health Tracking Poll – November 2018: Priorities for New Congress and the Future of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion

Fielded a week after the 2018 midterm elections, this poll examines the public’s priorities for the next Congress, measures favorability for ACA provisions including Medicaid expansion, and takes a look at knowledge of the current open enrollment period among adults ages 18-64 who purchase their own insurance or are currently uninsured. With the impending Texas v. United States lawsuit, in addition to several Trump administration policy actions aimed at different aspects of the U.S. health care system, this KFF survey also examines the public’s position on pre-existing conditions protections, prescription drug advertisements, and employer exemptions from covering birth control.

KFF Health Tracking Poll – November 2018: Priorities for New Congress and the Future of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion

Fielded a week after the 2018 midterm elections, this poll examines the public’s priorities for the next Congress, measures favorability for ACA provisions including Medicaid expansion, and takes a look at knowledge of the current open enrollment period among adults ages 18-64 who purchase their own insurance or are currently uninsured. With the impending Texas v. United States lawsuit, in addition to several Trump administration policy actions aimed at different aspects of the U.S. health care system, this KFF survey also examines the public’s position on pre-existing conditions protections, prescription drug advertisements, and employer exemptions from covering birth control.

Bipartisan Majorities Support Trump Administration’s Push to Get Drug Prices in Advertisements, Even after Hearing Counter-Arguments

Only 1 in 4 Potential Marketplace Customers Know When ACA Open Enrollment Ends; 1 in 5 Say They Would Buy a Short-Term Plan A large majority of the public backs the Trump Administration’s initiative to require prescription drug advertisements to include information about prices, but fewer support other administrative actions involving pre-existing conditions and contraceptionMore

Some Can Get Marketplace Plans With No Premiums,Though With Higher Deductibles and Cost-Sharing

Many low-income consumers who are eligible for federal financial help under the Affordable Care Act can get a bronze-level plan and pay nothing out-of-pocket in premiums in more than 2,000 counties next year, depending on their annual income, according to a new analysis from KFF (the Kaiser Family Foundation). Such plans come with higher deductibles and out-of-pocketMore

How ACA Marketplace Premiums Are Changing by County in 2019

Premiums for ACA Marketplace benchmark silver plans are decreasing on average across the U.S. in 2019. However, premium changes vary widely by location and by metal level, including premium increases in a number of counties and plans.

How ACA Marketplace Premiums Are Changing by County in 2019

Premiums for ACA Marketplace benchmark silver plans are decreasing on average across the U.S. in 2019. However, premium changes vary widely by location and by metal level, including premium increases in a number of counties and plans.

Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions About Health Insurance Subsidies

This brief describes health insurance subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, including premium subsidies that would be provided in the form of tax credits, as well as other subsidies that would lower cost sharing to eligible Americans. It provides details on who is eligible for the assistance, the maximum repayment limits for the credits, and out-of-pocket spending limits.