Adherence to public health guidance in the coronavirus pandemic is likely affected by the public framing of the issue. A new KFF Health Tracking Poll finds that the use of protective face masks varies depending on whether people view it as a personal choice or collective responsibility.
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As Open Enrollment Closes, Millions of Uninsured Americans are Still Eligible for Free ACA Health Insurance
There are still tens of millions of people without health coverage during the pandemic. Many of these uninsured people are eligible for free coverage or financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but they may not have much time left to sign up for coverage before Open Enrollment ends December 15.
Six states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Nebraska — had an average daily increase of more than 1,000 coronavirus cases per million people in the past week, and 13 additional states saw an average of upwards of 500 new daily cases per million people. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.
The United States’ excess deaths count per 100,00 people is higher this year than that for comparable countries, which is likely to increase the mortality gap between the U.S. and peer countries. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.
Half the Public Say President Trump Doesn’t Have a Plan to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions from Insurance Discrimination
The nomination of a new Supreme Court justice has placed heightened scrutiny on what President Trump’s administration would do to continue the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court invalidates the law.
Half of Older Adults in Worse Health Have Reported Anxiety or Depression During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Older adults who are already suffering from worse health conditions and heightened risk during the pandemic are combating the additional challenge of anxiety and depression at higher rates. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.
How Health Insurers Responded to Applicants with Pre-existing Conditions Before and After the Affordable Care Act
The fate of the Affordable Care Act is again in doubt, with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments in California v. Texas days after the Presidential election. Protections for people with pre-existing conditions are at risk it is worth revisiting what it was like for people with pre-existing conditions to obtain coverage before this law.
Based on an analysis of electronic health records, Black, Hispanic, and Asian patients had significantly higher rates of hospitalization and death compared to their White counterparts.
About 88% – nearly nine in ten – enrollees in the individual and fully-insured group markets are covered by plans that have taken action to limit out-of-pocket costs for patients undergoing treatment for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. However, after accounting for waivers that have already expired (20%) or are scheduled to expire by the end of September (16%), just over half of enrollees in these plans will still be eligible for waived cost-sharing in October and beyond.