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FAQs: Health Insurance Marketplace and the ACA

This list of more than 300 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) covers the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance Marketplace (aka exchange), individual mandate, open enrollment, premiums and more. It provides answers to questions about specific groups, such as young adults, smokers, the uninsured, and non-traditional households.

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Explaining California v. Texas: A Guide to the Case Challenging the ACA

This issue brief answers key questions about California v. Texas (known as Texas v. US in the lower courts), the case challenging the Affordable Care Act to be heard by the Supreme Court.

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Individual Insurance Market Performance in 2019

New data from 2019 suggest that insurers in the individual market remain profitable, even with average premiums falling for the first time since the ACA was implemented. These data indicate that the individual market appears to be stable in 2019, despite the repeal of the individual mandate penalty and the proliferation of loosely-regulated short-term insurance plans.

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Enrollment in Individual Market Dips Slightly in Early 2019 after Repeal of Individual Mandate Penalty

Overall enrollment in the individual market fell 5% to 13.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 following the repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate penalty.

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Data Note: Changes in Enrollment in the Individual Health Insurance Market through Early 2019

This analysis measures changes in enrollment in the individual market, including those in both marketplace plans and off-exchange plans, before and after the ACA’s coverage expansions and market rules went into effect in 2014 through the first quarter of 2019.

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Explaining Texas v. U.S.: A Guide to the 5th Circuit Appeal in the Lawsuit Challenging the Affordable Care Act 

The outcome of the Texas v. U.S. legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have far-reaching consequences for the nation’s health system, from rolling back the expansion of Medicaid to removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions and revoking the ability of adult children to stay on their…

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Larry Levitt Answers 3 Questions on Calif. Governor’s Proposed Individual Mandate, Expanded Subsidies

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced broad plans to the state’s health care system almost immediately after taking the oath of office. Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Health Reform at KFF, answers three questions about what the plan’s individual mandate and expanded subsidies could mean for the state and nationwide.

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2019 Premiums for ACA Silver Plans Will Be 16 Percent Higher Than They Would Have Been Absent the Repeal of the Individual Mandate, Expansion of Short-Term Plans and Loss of Federal Cost-Sharing Payments, Analysis Finds

Although 2019 premiums for plans in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces are flat or falling in many parts of the country, they would be substantially lower still if not for several Trump administration-backed changes to private insurance markets, finds a new KFF analysis. ACA silver-level plans sold in the marketplaces…

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Short-Term Limited Duration Plans and HIV

Given the Trump Administration’s promotion of short-term limited-duration (STLD) health insurance policies, this brief examines what they mean for people with HIV. The analysis assesses whether people with HIV could enroll in STLD plans by applying to 38 plans across five states and getting in each case. It also assesses whether such plans could meet basic HIV care and treatment needs for someone diagnosed once enrolled. This finding takes on new importance in light of the Administration’s decision not to defend the ACA and to argue for eliminating pre-existing condition protections.

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