Policy Watch

Quick-hitting policy analysis, polling, and updates on the key issues facing the country.

The Growing Role of Foreign-Educated Nurses in U.S. Hospitals and Implications of Visa Restrictions

KFF analysis of data from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey shows that the overall share of hospitals reporting hiring foreign-educated RNs has nearly doubled between 2010 and 2022, and a growing share of hospitals report hiring an increasing number of foreign-educated RNs to fill vacancies over time.

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Emergency Abortion Care to Preserve the Health of Pregnant People: SCOTUS, EMTALA, and Beyond

This policy watch outlines SCOTUS’ June 27, 2024, decision dismissing the case, Moyle v. United States, where the Court had been asked to determine if a federal law called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act preempted Idaho’s abortion ban. The decision returns the case to the lower courts and reinstates a court order blocking enforcement of the Idaho ban where it prohibits abortion care for pregnant people having medical emergencies.

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10 Things to Know About Abortion Access Since the Dobbs Decision

This policy watch presents 10 key facts to know about abortion access two years after the Dobbs decision.

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Looking to the Future: Implications of the SCOTUS Ruling on Mifepristone

This issue brief details some of the implications of the Supreme Court’s June 13, 2024, ruling in the case Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA.

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The Facts About the $35 Insulin Copay Cap in Medicare

This brief describes the facts about actions taken under both the Trump and Biden Administrations related to capping insulin copayments for people with Medicare and explains the differences between their approaches.

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Where ACA Marketplace Enrollment is Growing the Fastest, and Why

In 2024, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace enrollment hit a new record high, reaching over 21 million people. This policy watch discusses the the factors contributing to the increased enrollment in the fastest growing marketplaces.

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