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Implementation of the ACA in Kentucky: Lessons Learned to Date and the Potential Effects of Future Changes

This issue brief reviews Kentucky’s experiences expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to highlight lessons learned about what has contributed to the state’s implementation success. It also highlights changes being made to the Marketplace and Medicaid coverage in Kentucky and the potential impact of these changes moving forward.

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Is ACA Coverage Affordable for Low-Income People? Perspectives from Individuals in Six Cities

This brief presents findings from focus groups with low-income Medicaid and Marketplace enrollees in six cities: Baltimore, MD; Columbus, OH; Oakland, CA; Richmond, VA; St. Louis, MO; and Tampa, FL. It explores their experiences signing up for coverage; their perceptions of whether the costs they pay for their coverage are affordable; their experiences accessing care; and the impact of out-of-pocket costs on their ability to get needed care. It provides insights into the ongoing financial struggles facing low-income individuals and the problems they confront affording health coverage.

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The ACA and People with HIV: An Update

This report provides a second look at how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is impacting people with HIV two years into these new coverage opportunities, based on focus groups conducted with HIV positive individuals from five states in early 2016, after the third round of open enrollment. Groups were conducted with HIV positive individuals who gained insurance coverage – through either the Marketplaces or Medicaid expansion- in California and New York and with those who remained uninsured, largely because they fell into the coverage gap, in Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

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Half of Kentucky Residents Hold Unfavorable Views of the Affordable Care Act, But Seven in Ten, Including Most Republicans, Don’t Want to Scale Back Medicaid Expansion to Cover Fewer People

Half of Residents Want to Keep the State’s Insurance Marketplace Kynect, While a Quarter Favor Switching to Federal Healthcare.Gov Marketplace Instead Many Believe Coverage Expansions Have a Negative Impact on the State’s Budget A Kaiser Family Foundation poll of Kentucky residents finds that after much discussion of the issue in…

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Visualizing Health Policy: Recent Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums

This Visualizing Health Policy infographic charts recent trends in employer-sponsored health insurance premiums. Between 1999 and 2015, premiums increased by 203 percent, outpacing both inflation and workers’ earnings. However, growth of premiums for family coverage slowed toward the end of that time period, from an average of 11 percent a…

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CANCELLED: Event – Implementation of the ACA for People with HIV

UPDATE: Due to snow in the Washington area, this Kaiser Family Foundation scheduled event in Washington, D.C., is cancelled.  We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know if we are able to reschedule the event at a later date. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage reforms have…

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Coverage for Abortion Services in Medicaid, Marketplace Plans and Private Plans

This brief reviews current federal and state policies on Medicaid and insurance coverage of abortion services and presents national and state estimates on the availability of abortion coverage for women enrolled in private plans, Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans, and Medicaid.

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2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey

This annual Employer Health Benefits Survey (EHBS) provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and other relevant information. The 2015 EHBS survey finds average family health premiums rose 4 percent in 2015, relatively modest growth by historical standards.

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Web Briefing for Media: 2015 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey

The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) hosts an annual reporters-only web briefing to release the 2015 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey. The 17th annual Kaiser/HRET survey provides a detailed look at the current state of employer-based coverage and trends in private health insurance, including premiums, worker and employer contributions, firm offer rates, plan deductibles, and other cost-sharing requirements, with breakouts for small and large firms.

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Health Center Patient Trends, Enrollment Activities, and Service Capacity: Recent Experience in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States

In thousands of medically underserved communities across the U.S., community health centers enroll low-income people in health coverage and provide care to millions of patients. Against the backdrop of significant health center expansion over several years and a full year of expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this brief examines change between 2013 and 2014 in the volume and health coverage profile of health center patients, and health center enrollment activities and service capacity, comparing states that implemented the ACA Medicaid expansion in 2014 and states that did not expand Medicaid in 2014. The study is based on data from the federal Uniform Data System and a 2014 national survey of health centers.

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