A new brief from KFF (the Kaiser Family Foundation) examines potential changes to “spousal impoverishment” rules in Medicaid that allow married couples to protect a portion of their income and assets should one spouse seek Medicaid coverage for long-term care. A provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires state Medicaid…
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In this October 2018 New England Journal of Medicine article, KFF’s Tricia Neuman and Gretchen Jacobson examine the extent to which Medicare Advantage plans are achieving goals with respect to benefits, out-of-pocket costs, plan choice, federal spending and quality.
Potential Changes to Medicaid Long-Term Care Spousal Impoverishment Rules: States’ Plans and Implications for Community Integration
Congress created the Medicaid spousal impoverishment rules to protect a portion of a married couple’s income and assets to provide for the “community spouse’s” living expenses when determining nursing home financial eligibility. Originally, states had the option to also apply the rules to home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers. Section 2404 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is set to expire on December 31, 2018, changed the spousal impoverishment rules to treat Medicaid HCBS and institutional care equally. This issue brief answers key questions about the spousal impoverishment rules, presents selected 50-state data from a 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation survey about state policies and future plans in this area, and considers the implications if Congress does not extend Section 2404.
Web Briefing for Journalists – Reproductive Health in the Trump Era: Implications of Recent Federal and Judicial Action
The day after the midterm elections, the Trump Administration moved forward with anticipated regulatory changes governing employer exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate based on religious or moral objections. That same day, a proposed rule was issued changing how health plans in states that do not…
Insurer participation in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces is rising in 2019, finds a new analysis from KFF (the Kaiser Family Foundation).The increase follows consecutive years of improving insurance company profits and shows up in several different ways: Going into 2019, 608 counties nationwide are gaining at least…
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces opened in 2014, there have been a number of changes in insurance participation as companies entered and exited states and also changed their footprint within states. The map below shows how insurance participation has changed from 2014 – 2019 in every county in the U.S. There are a number of areas in the country with just one exchange insurer. In 2019, 58% of enrollees (living in about 23% of counties) have a choice of three or more insurers, up from 48% of enrollees in 2018.
Medicare Advantage plans have played an increasingly larger role in the Medicare program over the past decade. More than 20 million Medicare beneficiaries (34%) are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2018. This data note provides updated information about Medicare Advantage enrollment trends, premiums, and out-of-pocket limits. It also includes new analyses of Medicare Advantage plans’ extra benefits, use of prior authorization, and bonus payments paid by Medicare.
This analysis finds that donor government support for global family planning efforts totaled US$1.27 billion in 2017, up 6 percent from 2016 but still below its 2014 peak. Funding from the United States, the world’s largest donor, declined in 2017, largely due to a delay in the disbursement of funds as U.S. appropriations have been holding steady in recent years. Increases in other countries offset the U.S. lag
A new KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) analysis finds that donor government support for global family planning efforts totaled US$1.27 billion in 2017, up 6 percent from 2016 but still below its 2014 peak. Funding from the United States, the world’s largest donor, declined from US$532.7 in 2016 to US$488.7 million…
In an Axios column, Drew Altman analyzes what the midterm election means for the health policy agenda between now and 2020–mostly political positioning and gridlock in Congress, with most of the action affecting people in the states.