This short explainer provides an overview of open enrollment and the 2018 individual insurance market, including Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, for consumers who buy their own plans rather than getting insurance through an employer.
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This poll finds large majorities across all parties say reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important priority for Congress; however, a larger share of Republicans also say it is important for Congress to work on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). This month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll also examines public support for a variety of competing health care policies aimed at improving or replacing the 2010 health care law, including single-payer.
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- Interactive Maps: Estimates of Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion
- State-by-State Estimates of Changes in Federal Spending on Health Care Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill
- Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act
- Public Wants Republicans to Work with Democrats on Health Care
- What’s at Stake with ACA Repeal?
- Counties at Risk of Having No Insurer on the Marketplace (Exchange) in 2018
- Public Opinion on ACA Replacement Plans: Interactive
- Medicaid: What We Learned From the Recent Debate and What to Watch for in September 2017
- Association Health Plans for Small Groups and Self-Employed Individuals under the Better Care Reconciliation Act
- Pre-existing Conditions and Medical Underwriting in the Individual Insurance Market Prior to the ACA
- Kaiser Health News' Repeal and Replace Watch (khn.org)
This brief examines insurer financial data for the first six months of 2017 and finds further evidence that the individual market has been stabilizing and that insurers are regaining profitability, even as political and policy uncertainty clouds expectations for 2018.
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The ACA’s third open enrollment will come to a close at the end of January and the December Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that only 7 percent of the uninsured correctly identify this as the deadline to enroll in coverage. With Democratic presidential candidates debating the idea of Medicare-for-all, which involves creating a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded version of the Medicare program, most Democrats like the idea, but very few say the issue will drive their votes in the 2016 elections. As the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) earlier this month, more of the public views the health care law unfavorably than favorably (46 percent vs. 40 percent). In addition, the public remains divided over what Congress should do next with the law, with 35 percent supporting repeal, 14 percent supporting scaling back the law, 18 percent who say they would like to see it implemented as is, and 22 percent who say they want the law expanded.
With renewed discussion of the high cost of prescription drugs recently, the August Kaiser Health Tracking poll finds that most Americans feel that drug costs are unreasonable and that drug companies put profits before people. At the same time, the public largely values the role prescription drug companies play, with most saying that prescription drugs developed in the past two decades have made the lives of people in the U.S. better, including about 4 in 10 who say a lot better. When it comes to their views of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this month, the American public remains divided in their opinion of the law. Those who favor repeal are divided on whether the law should be replaced with a Republican-sponsored alternative or if it should be repealed and not replaced
This issue brief examines the changes in coverage and financing that have occurred under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion to provide insight into the potential scope of coverage and funding that may be at risk under a repeal of the law.
President-elect Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with an alternative plan. There are now 32 states (including DC) that have adopted the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. While the details of a repeal-and-replace plan are not yet available to assess…
What Are the Implications of Repealing the Affordable Care Act for Medicare Spending and Beneficiaries?
The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) included many provisions affecting the Medicare program and the 57 million seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare for their health insurance coverage. This brief explains the Medicare provisions in the ACA and explores the implications for Medicare and beneficiaries of repealing these provisions.
Pre-existing Conditions and Medical Underwriting in the Individual Insurance Market Prior to the ACA
This brief reviews medical underwriting practices by private insurers in the individual health insurance market prior to 2014, and estimates how many American adults could face difficulty obtaining private individual market insurance because of a pre-existing condition if the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) were repealed or amended and such practices resumed.
In this Wall Street Journal Think Tank column, Drew Altman discusses new data highlighting why pre-exisitng conditions could be a flashpoint issue in the Affordable Care Act repeal and replace debate.
An Estimated 52 Million Adults Have Pre-Existing Conditions That Would Make Them Uninsurable Pre-Obamacare
A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that 52 million adults under 65 – or 27 percent of that population — have pre-existing health conditions that would likely make them uninsurable if they applied for health coverage under medical underwriting practices that existed in most states before insurance regulation changes…
Originally published in The Los Angeles Times, this perspective examines the potential implications for the individual market if key parts of the Affordable Care Act were repealed without a replacement plan.