As Republicans in Congress continue efforts to pass tax reform, the November Kaiser Health Tracking Poll examines views of the plans and how they relate to health care issues. Overall, reforming the tax code is seen as a “top priority” for President Trump and Congress by about three in ten (28 percent), falling well-behind several health care issues such as reauthorizing funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (62 percent) and stabilizing the ACA marketplaces (48 percent). In addition, the majority of the public (55 percent) support the idea of eliminating the requirement for all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine as part of the Republican tax plan, however views vary party. In contrast, the majority of the public (68 percent), including majorities across parties, oppose eliminating the tax deduction for individuals who have high health care costs. The poll also takes an early look at the public’s views of the potential consequence of Congress not passing tax reform or repealing the ACA before the 2018 midterms.
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Maps illustrate how premiums in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces changed for 2018 by looking at the change in the lowest-cost bronze, silver and gold plans by county; counties where an individual’s tax credit covers the full premium of the lowest-cost bronze plan; and counties where the unsubsidized premium for the lowest-cost gold plan has a lower or comparable premium to the lowest-cost silver plan in 2018.
As Open Enrollment for 2018 coverage gets underway, consumers who have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace are again receiving renewal notices from their health insurers. Though the insurer renewal notices this year are based on the same model notice required in the past, this year for many consumers, it may be causing significant – and misleading – sticker shock. That is because renewal notices sent by insurers are required to inform consumers what their 2018 monthly premium will be, assuming they receive the same amount of advanced premium tax credit (APTC) next year that they did in 2017. Insurer renewal notices have been required to present information this way since 2014.
New Interactive “Evidence Link” Examines the Latest Results on Savings and Quality in Medicare Payment Models
A new interactive resource from the Kaiser Family Foundation synthesizes the most up-to-date evidence on Medicare’s efforts to reduce the growth in health care spending and improve patient care through new payment and delivery reform models. KFF’s Evidence Link is a central source of information and data about Medicare accountable care…
Web Briefing: The Future of Delivery System Reform in Medicare: Assessing the Evidence and Looking Ahead
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET, KFF will hold a public web briefing on the topic of delivery system reform in Medicare. It will explore the latest evidence on savings and quality among newer payments models (including ACOs, bundled payments and medical homes), and discuss future directions that…
Prescription drugs play an important role in medical care for 59 million seniors and people with disabilities, and account for $1 out of every $6 in Medicare spending. This series of charts presents and explains basic facts about prescription drug spending specifically within the context of Medicare. These 10 charts include information on current and projected Medicare prescription drug spending, out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for beneficiaries, and public opinion on prescription drug-related policy options.
This issue brief answers key questions about Medicaid retroactive coverage, describes Iowa’s recent Section 1115 waiver amendment, considers the policy implications of retroactive coverage waivers, and identifies issues to watch.
This interactive side-by-side comparison table provides detailed descriptions of Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) models and comprehensive information on topics such as spending and quality, beneficiary involvement, financial arrangements, and provider participation. This side-by-side comparison table is part of the Medicare Delivery System Reform Evidence Link.
This interactive side-by-side comparison table provides detailed descriptions of Medicare medical home models and comprehensive information on topics such as spending and quality, beneficiary involvement, financial arrangements, and provider participation. This side-by-side comparison table is part of the Medicare Delivery System Reform Evidence Link.