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How Affordable are 2019 ACA Premiums for Middle-Income People?

This analysis finds that Affordable Care Act marketplace premiums are least affordable for older adults who earn too much to qualify for federal subsidies, especially those living in rural areas where premiums are highest. The analysis also discusses a variety of state and federal proposals that seek to lower premiums for middle-class people buying their own insurance who are ineligible for ACA subsidies.

Testimony: Pre-Existing Conditions and Health Insurance

KFF’s Karen Pollitz testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means on Jan. 29, 2019 examines the prevalence of pre-existing conditions, the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition against medical underwriting and other provisions aimed at stabilizing the insurance risk pool, and the trade-offs involved in relaxing those provisions. 

New Rules for Section 1332 Waivers: Changes and Implications

On October 22, 2018, the Trump administration released new guidance on Section 1332 waivers established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new guidance may encourage states to use 1332 waiver authority to make broader changes to insurance coverage for their residents, including to promote the sale of, and apply subsidies to, ACA non-compliant policies. On November 29, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a discussion paper outlining a set of waiver concepts designed to provide states with a roadmap for developing waiver applications that use the flexibility granted under the new guidance. This issue brief describes the new guidance, highlighting key changes from the 2015 guidance, describes how state waiver activity may change, particularly in light of the waiver concepts put forward by CMS, and discusses possible implications of the changes.

More Insurers Are Participating in the ACA Marketplaces in 2019

Insurer participation in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces is rising in 2019, finds a new analysis from KFF (the Kaiser Family Foundation).The increase follows consecutive years of improving insurance company profits and shows up in several different ways: Going into 2019, 608 counties nationwide are gaining at least…

Web Briefing for Journalists: Key Issues Ahead of Marketplace Open Enrollment

Marketplace open enrollment, the period during which consumers can shop for health plans or renew existing coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces, begins on Nov. 1. Recent policy changes at the state and federal levels have the potential to impact individuals and families purchasing health insurance for…

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…