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Early 2017 Financial Data Indicate Stabilizing Individual Insurance Market

Insurer financial data through the first quarter of 2017 suggest the individual market has been stabilizing and insurers in this market are regaining profitability, finds a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The analysis tracks insurer financial performance, starting before the launch of Affordable Care Act marketplaces, through two indicators:…

Individual Insurance Market Performance in Early 2017

This brief analyzes first-quarter financial data from 2017 to determine whether recent premium increases were sufficient to bring insurer performance in the individual market back to levels before the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

What Are the Implications for Medicare of the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act?

This issue brief highlights a major implication of the American Health Care Act and Better Care Reconciliation Act for Medicare. Both bills would repeal the Affordable Care Act provision to increase the payroll tax on high-income earners. Repealing this surtax would move up the insolvency date of the Medicare Part A trust fund by 2 years, from 2028 to 2026, and also worsens the program’s long-term financial outlook.

States and Medicaid Provider Taxes or Fees

This is an update on the use of Medicaid provider taxes and fees. It also includes information on which states would be affected by changing the safe harbor threshold from 6% to 5.5%.

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.

Strategies to Reduce Medicaid Spending: Findings from a Literature Review

This issue brief considers the feasibility of realizing substantial Medicaid cost savings through strategies aimed at improving delivery system and administrative efficiency. We review the literature about the potential for Medicaid cost savings from four strategies related to acute care services: (1) premiums, cost-sharing, and enrollee wellness incentives, (2) complex care management, (3) patient-centered medical homes, and (4) alternative payment models, and another four strategies related to long-term services and supports: (5) tightening financial eligibility rules for long-term care services, (6) promoting private long-term care insurance, (7) expanding home and community-based services (HCBS), and (8) increasing use of managed long-term services and supports.

Medicaid State Fact Sheets

What percentage of people are covered by Medicaid in your state? Our State Medicaid fact sheets provide a snapshot with key data for Medicaid in every state related to current coverage, access and financing. This basic overview provides context for any policy proposals such as Medicaid block grants or per capita caps.

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…

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.

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