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State Variation in Medicaid LTSS Policy Choices and Implications for Upcoming Policy Debates

This brief takes a closer look at multiple measures beyond waiver waiting lists to evaluate state choices about optional Medicaid eligibility pathways, spending, and services for seniors and people with disabilities as of 2018. The analysis draws on several KFF resources, including 50-state surveys of Medicaid financial eligibility pathways for seniors and people with disabilities, HCBS waiver programs, and state plan benefits offered, as well as state Medicaid LTSS expenditures reported by Mathematica.

Two New Analyses: House COVID-19 Relief Plan Would Temporarily Lower Marketplace Premiums for Millions and More than Offset Short-Term State Costs to Expand Their Medicaid Programs

The House COVID-19 relief proposal would temporarily lower what millions of Marketplace enrollees and uninsured potential enrollees would pay toward premiums and would provide states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs a financial boost that would more than offset their costs initially, two new KFF analyses find. The analyses…

New Incentive for States to Adopt the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Implications for State Spending

The House Energy and Commerce Committee reconciliation proposal as part of the COVID relief package aims to encourage non-expansion states to take up the expansion by providing an additional temporary fiscal incentive for states to newly implement the ACA Medicaid expansion. This brief provides illustrative estimates of the net fiscal benefit to states from these incentives relative to state costs under the expansion.

Trends in Overall and Non-COVID-19 Hospital Admissions

This brief shows trends in hospital admissions during the coronavirus pandemic. Admissions to hospitals for reasons other than COVID-19 fell markedly again in November 2020 as cases of infections with the novel coronavirus began to surge anew, suggesting that more people were delaying care due to the worsening pandemic.

Federal Medicaid Outlays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This data note analyzes federal Medicaid outlays before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Medicaid outlays increased during the second half of FFY 2020 and the first quarter of FFY 2021, reflecting the onset of the pandemic and enhanced federal Medicaid funds.

Addressing the Risk of Medicare Trust Fund Insolvency

In this Viewpoint for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), KFF’s Tricia Neuman and co-author Richard G. Frank of Harvard Medical School explain that the looming 2024 insolvency of the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund cannot be ignored for long.

Donor Government Funding for Family Planning Remains Steady in 2019

A new KFF analysis finds donor government support for global family planning efforts totaled US$1.5 billion in 2019, matching the previous year’s record level and well above the US$1.1 billion in 2012 since the London Summit on Family Planning that created an international goal of increasing family planning services. The…

Donor Government Funding for Family Planning in 2019

Donor government support for global family planning efforts totaled US$1.50 billion in 2018, up 19% from 2017 (US$1.26 billion) – and the highest level since tracking efforts began following the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012.

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