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Why Do Short-Term Health Insurance Plans Have Lower Premiums Than Plans That Comply with the ACA?

Short-term health insurance plans are able to charge premiums 54 percent lower than ACA-compliant plans, by excluding pre-existing conditions and severely limiting benefits.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Poll: Most Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Targeted Actions that Address Personal Health Care Costs; Fewer Cite Broader Reforms like Medicare-for-All and ACA Repeal as Top Priorities

Most Do Not Want the Supreme Court to Overturn the ACA or its Pre-Existing Conditions Protections When it comes to tackling pressing health care issues, incremental actions to address personal health care costs take precedence over broader, more partisan reforms for most Americans, according to the latest KFF Health Tracking…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Trump is Reading the Base Wrong on the Affordable Care Act

In this Axios column,  co-written with MollyAnn Brodie, Drew Altman discusses GOP voters’ more nuanced views on the health law.

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Compare Medicare-for-all and Public Plan Proposals

This side-by-side interactive compares 10 bills to expand public health coverage through Medicare-for-All, a public option and other approaches, that have been introduced in the current Congress. The interactive allows users to compare these proposals across a number of dimensions, including eligibility, benefits, cost sharing, provider payments, and more.

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Poll: Most Democrats Prefer a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to Build on the Affordable Care Act

The latest KFF Health Tracking Poll probes Democrats’ views about the general approaches to expanding health coverage and lowering costs put forward by the candidates. Most Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (55%) say they prefer a candidate who would build on the Affordable Care Act to achieve those goals. Fewer (40%)…

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Data Note: Further Reductions in Navigator Funding for Federal Marketplace States

On Sept. 12, 2018, CMS released funding awards for the federal marketplace Navigators for 2018-2019, which reduced funding to $10 million. This brief reviews data presented by CMS as well as other data sources to assess the work and effectiveness of Navigators.

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KFF Health Tracking Poll – April 2019: Surprise Medical Bills and Public’s View of the Supreme Court and Continuing Protections for People With Pre-Existing Conditions

The April 2019 KFF Health Tracking Poll examines the public’s position on the future of ACA and its protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, in light of the ongoing legal battle which may end up in the Supreme Court. With lawmakers proposing legislation to address surprise medical bills, this month’s survey also measures the public’s support for federal government action to protect patients from having to pay the cost incurred from an inadvertent out-of-network provider.

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Tracking Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers

This interactive map shows the status of all Section 1332 waivers requested by states. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to apply for innovation waivers to alter key ACA requirements in the individual and small group insurance markets and can be used to shore up fragile insurance markets, address unique state insurance market issues, or experiment with alternative models of providing coverage to state residents.

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The Democratic Debates Suffer from a Nasty Case of Plan-itis

In The Washington Post op-ed “The Democratic Debates Suffer from a Nasty Case of Plan-itis,” Drew Altman says the primary debates are not serving voters well by focusing on details of candidates’ health care plans rather than the fundamental differences between them.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Workers Aren’t So Sure “Medicare for All” Would Raise Their Wages

Drew Altman’s latest Axios column dives into an issue raised in a Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders exchange. In a Medicare-for-all system employers could reap large savings from not having to provide workers health care coverage, but do workers trust that those savings will be passed to them in higher wages?

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