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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – Late April 2017: The Future of the ACA and Health Care & the Budget

With the ongoing debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the latest tracking poll examines the public awareness of and attitudes about some recent developments related to the 2010 health care law, including uncertainty about cost-sharing reduction payments and insurers opting out of some health insurance marketplaces. The poll also takes a look at Americans’ budget and health care priorities.

The Effects of Ending the Affordable Care Act’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

This analysis estimates that total federal spending on Affordable Care Act marketplace subsidies would rise $2.3 billion, or 23 percent, in 2018 if payments for the cost-sharing reduction program were eliminated and insurers increased premiums to compensate. Established to reduce out-of-pocket costs for marketplace enrollees with lower incomes, the cost-sharing payments are being challenged in a lawsuit from the U.S. House.

New Analysis Examines Proposed Changes to Workplace Wellness Programs

As Congress considers legislation that would change federal rules governing workplace wellness programs that gather information about workers’ health and risk status, a new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explains how workplace wellness programs could be affected and possible implications for workers with sensitive health conditions. Among the findings: Seven in…

Changing Rules for Workplace Wellness Programs: Implications for Sensitive Health Conditions

With legislation pending in Congress that would substantially change federal rules governing workplace wellness programs, this brief reviews relevant data about employers’ use of wellness programs and financial incentives and the incidence of certain sensitive or potentially stigmatized health conditions among adults covered under employer-sponsored health plans.

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