Karen Pollitz answers three questions on the Trump administration’s recent changes to the ACA Section 1332 state innovation waiver guidelines and the implications for consumers and state marketplaces in our new “Ask KFF” feature.
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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market insurance because of a pre-existing condition if the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) were repealed or amended and such practices resumed.
A View from the States: Key Medicaid Policy Changes: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020
This report provides an in-depth examination of the changes taking place in Medicaid programs across the country. The findings are drawn from the 19th annual budget survey of Medicaid officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Health Management Associates (HMA), in collaboration with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD). This report highlights certain policies in place in state Medicaid programs in FY 2019 and policy changes implemented or planned for FY 2020.
On November 18, 2019, the Trump Administration released a proposed rule called the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). This brief provides some context on Medicaid financing, an overview of current state payment and financing rules, the provisions in the rule and potential implications for considerations.
Democratic voters across the primary states that have already cast their ballots for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination consistently name health care as the top issue or among the top issues in this year’s election. A new interactive map highlights what Democratic primary voters are saying about health care as…
This interactive map highlights what Democratic primary voters are saying about health care as they vote, based on KFF’s analysis of the state-level AP VoteCast data collected in most states. It includes state-specific charts highlighting where health care ranks as issue, views about a single-payer health plan and a public option, and other health care findings from the AP VoteCast data with key demographic breakouts.
About four in ten adults (37.6%) ages 18 and older in the U.S. (92.6 million people) have a higher risk of developing serious illness if they become infected with the novel coronavirus, due to their older age (65 and older) or health condition. The share who have a higher risk varies across the country. An estimated 5.1 million of these adults are uninsured.
Data Note: Requirements for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in Response to COVID-19 Vary Across States
This analysis examines variation across states in providing regulatory guidance for nursing facilities and assisted living facilities for three key measures identified by CMS to help curb coronavirus infections in facilities: prohibiting visitors to facilities except for end-of-life situations, performing daily staff screening for illness, and universal use of PPE by facility staff