NEW & Noteworthy
- INDIVIDUAL MARKETAlmost 54 million people have pre-existing health conditions that would likely have made them uninsurable in the individual markets that existed in most states before the Affordable Care Act.
- Prescription DrugsPart D enrollees with relatively high out-of-pocket expenses will see costs rise in 2020 — mainly due to an increase in how much enrollees will pay for drugs in the coverage gap phase before catastrophic coverage.
- employer healthThe 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey finds annual family premiums rose 5% to average $20,576 this year. On average, workers pay $6,015.
- immigrantsIt would suspend entry of immigrants unless they can prove they will be covered by health insurance within 30 days or that they have resources to pay for foreseeable medical costs.
In 2017, there were 22 million noncitizens residing in the United States. 6 in 10 noncitizens were estimated to be lawfully present immigrants.
of undocumented immigrants were uninsured in 2017, nearly five times the rate for citizens (8%), reflecting their limited access and barriers to coverage.
of lawfully present immigrants were uninsured in 2017. Among nonelderly adults, lawfully present immigrants were more than twice as likely as citizens to be uninsured.
or three-quarters of the 27.4 million nonelderly uninsured in 2017 were citizens, despite the higher uninsured rate among noncitizens.