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Public Ranks Children’s Health Insurance, Marketplace Stabilization Higher Priorities than ACA Repeal

Kaiser Family Foundation - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:00
Majorities Support Buy-In Ideas for Medicaid and Medicare Among health priorities facing urgent deadlines in Washington in September, the public ranks repeal of the Affordable Care Act lower than reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stabilizing individual health insurance marketplaces established by the ACA, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s new tracking poll…More

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – September 2017: What’s Next for Health Care?

Kaiser Family Foundation - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:00
The September 2017 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds large majorities across all parties say reauthorizing funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important priority for Congress; however, a larger share of Republicans also say it is important for Congress to work on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Overall views of the ACA are once again divided, with 46 percent expressing a favorable view and 44 percent expressing an unfavorable view. Half the public believes ACA marketplaces are collapsing, and two-thirds of the public say Congress should guarantee cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to stabilize the insurance market. This month's Kaiser Health Tracking Poll also examines public support for a variety of competing health care policies aimed at improving or replacing the 2010 health care law, including single-payer.
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Five Ways the Graham-Cassidy Proposal Would Affect Women

Kaiser Family Foundation - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:27
The Graham-Cassidy Senate proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that could have a far-reaching impact on women's health care access and coverage. A new fact sheet outlines the ways women could be affected.
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Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Plan to Replace ACA Funding With a New Block Grant and Cap Medicaid Would Decrease Federal Funding for States by $160 Billion from 2020-2026; Then a $240 Billion Loss in 2027 if the Law is Not Reauthorized

Kaiser Family Foundation - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:25
The Senate is preparing to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and to cap the Medicaid program. A new state-by-state Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that the major financing changes in the bill would reduce federal spending by $160 billion over the 2020-2026 period. In 2020,…More

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Interactive: How State Policies Shape Access to Abortion Coverage

Kaiser Family Foundation - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:24
This interactive map shows the increase in states with laws limiting abortion coverage in Medicaid and private insurance for the years 2000, 2010, and 2016, before and after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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State-by-State Estimates of Changes in Federal Spending on Health Care Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill

Kaiser Family Foundation - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:00
A new health care bill recently introduced by a number of senators led by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy would repeal major elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), make changes to other ACA provisions, and fundamentally alter federal Medicaid financing. In this brief, we estimate changes in federal funding due to the new block grant program and the Medicaid per enrollee cap on a state-by-state basis under the Graham-Cassidy bill relative to current law. We estimate that the Graham-Cassidy proposal would reduce federal funding for health coverage by $161 billion nationally from 2020-2026, with substantial variation across states.
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Key Facts about the Uninsured Population

Kaiser Family Foundation - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:19
This fact sheet describes how coverage has changed under the ACA, examines the characteristics of the uninsured population, and summarizes the access and financial implications of not having coverage.
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5 Ways the Graham-Cassidy Proposal Puts Medicaid Coverage At Risk

Kaiser Family Foundation - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:33
The Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is reviving the federal health reform debate and could come up for a vote in the Senate before the budget reconciliation authority expires on September 30. This fact sheet describes five ways in which the proposal revamps and cuts Medicaid, redistributes federal funds across states and eliminates coverage for millions of poor Americans.
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Premiums for Employer-Sponsored Family Health Coverage Rise Slowly for Sixth Straight Year, Up 3% but Averaging $18,764 in 2017

Kaiser Family Foundation - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:30
Workers Covered By Smaller Firms Pay More Toward Family Premiums and in Cost Sharing Than Those in Larger Ones Menlo Park, Calif. – Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3 percent to $18,764 this year, continuing a six-year run of relatively modest increases, according to the benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research…More

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2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey

Kaiser Family Foundation - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:30
Excerpt: This annual Employer Health Benefits Survey (EHBS) provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and other relevant information. The 2017 survey finds average family health premiums rose 3 percent, the sixth straight year of relatively modest growth, to reach 18,764 annually on average.
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Premiums and Worker Contributions Among Workers Covered by Employer-Sponsored Coverage, 1999-2017

Kaiser Family Foundation - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:29
This graphing tool allows users to explore trends in workplace-sponsored health insurance premiums and worker contributions over time for different categories of employers based on results from the annual Employer Health Benefits Survey. Breakouts are available by firm size, region and industry, as well as for firms with relatively few or many part-time workers, higher- or lower-wage workers, and older or younger workers.
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Medicaid’s Role in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Kaiser Family Foundation - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:50
This infographic provides information and statistics about the opioid epidemic and Medicaid’s role in covering addiction treatment services.
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How Single Payer Helps Republicans Change the Subject

Kaiser Family Foundation - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 03:17
In this Axios column, Drew Altman analyzes the political pros and cons of single payer for Democrats and whether it will shift the focus from the Republicans' failed effort to repeal and replace  the Affordable Care Act to the Democrats new sweeping plan.
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Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers: A Look at the Current Landscape of Approved and Pending Waivers

Kaiser Family Foundation - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:14
Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers provide states an avenue to test new approaches in Medicaid that differ from federal program rules. Waivers can provide states considerable flexibility in how they operate their programs, beyond what is available under current law, and can have a significant impact on program financing. This brief answers basic questions about Section 1115 waiver authority and discusses the current landscape of approved and pending demonstration waivers.
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Business Milestones

NAHU in the News - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:00
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Web Briefing for Media: 2017 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey

Kaiser Family Foundation - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 08:49
The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) will hold a reporters-only web briefing on Tuesday, September 19 at 11 a.m. ET, to release their 2017 benchmark Employer Health Benefits Survey. The 19th annual Kaiser/HRET survey provides a detailed look at the current state of employer-based coverage and trends in private…More

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How an agency can differentiate services in today’s market

NAHU in the News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:00
Employee Benefit Adviser
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Medicaid and American Indians and Alaska Natives

Kaiser Family Foundation - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 14:10
This brief provides an overview of the American Indian and Alaska Native population, describes the role of the Indian Health Service and Medicaid for this population, and discusses the impact of the Medicaid expansion for this population.
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Health Affairs Blog: Can States Substantially Reduce Medicaid Spending Through Delivery System And Financing Reform?

Kaiser Family Foundation - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:13
In a Health Affairs blog post,  Joshua M. Wiener and Melissa Romaire of RTI International and MaryBeth Musumeci of the Kaiser Family Foundation examine whether states could successfully cope with substantial reductions in federal Medicaid funding under a per capita cap or block grant system by improving efficiency in the way both acute and long-term…More

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