Policy Watch

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

Florida’s Recent Immigration Law Could Have Stark Impacts for Families and the State’s Economy

This policy watch explains the key provisions in Florida’s 2023 immigration law and discusses its implications for immigrant families as well as the state’s workforce.

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What Do the Early Medicaid Unwinding Data Tell Us?

As states begin to unwind the COVID emergency continuous enrollment provision and resume Medicaid disenrollments, early data from a handful of states – highlighted on KFF’s regularly-updated Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker — reveal wide variation in disenrollment rates.

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Postpartum Individuals Are at Risk of Losing Medicaid During the Unwinding of the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Provision, Especially in Certain States

This policy watch discusses Medicaid unwinding and how enrollees who qualified for Medicaid through the pregnancy pathway are at risk of losing Medicaid coverage, particularly those living in states who have not implemented Medicaid expansion and have not extended postpartum Medicaid coverage.

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New Alzheimer’s Drugs Spark Hope for Patients and Cost Concerns for Medicare

This policy watch focuses on the implications of Medicare coverage of new Alzheimer’s drugs on program spending as well as equity and affordability issues for beneficiaries, and the potential for the Inflation Reduction Act to address the spending impacts.

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What Could New Anti-Obesity Drugs Mean for Medicare?

In this piece, we discuss Medicare coverage of obesity treatments, the potential cost implications if Medicare covers anti-obesity drugs, and how the Inflation Reduction Act could potentially address these cost concerns.

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Half of All Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries Are Now Enrolled in Private Medicare Advantage Plans

Recently released data show that Medicare Advantage, the private plan alternative to traditional Medicare, now covers half of eligible Medicare beneficiaries. As the role of Medicare Advantage grows, so will interest in understanding how well the program serves the increasingly diverse group of enrollees who receive their Medicare coverage from private insurers.

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