Health Reform

As COVID-19 cases rise across much of the country, most Americans think that the president is intervening with the public health agencies working to address the pandemic, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds. Similar majorities say both that President Trump is intervening with the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to review and approve a coronavirus vaccine
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In this October 2020 post for The JAMA Health Forum, Ashley Kirzinger and Mollyann Brodie examine how the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises shook up the mix of issues voters care about without changing the 2020 presidential race’s core dynamic as a referendum on President Trump’s first term in office. Other contributions to The JAMA
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On June 12th, the Trump Administration released a final regulation implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, and revising an Obama era rule. In it, the administration removed explicit nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation in health care. In light of a recent Supreme Court decision, and based on other legal
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State/Insurer Rate Change Impact of COVID-19 on Rates Alabama*     Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama 4.90% Unknown     Bright Health Insurance Company 25.60% Unknown Alaska*     Moda Assurance Company 0.11% No mention     Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska -4.15% No mention Arizona*      Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona 1.82% Unknown
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As the Senate considers Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the October KFF Health Tracking Poll finds a large majority (79%) of the public do not want the Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, up 17 percentage points since last year when 62% held
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Key Findings The confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett, President Trump’s appointment to fill the Supreme Court seat previously held by Justice Ginsburg, are underway this week and the future of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions have been front-and-center. The latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds a large majority of the public –
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Health care is a top issue for voters in the 2020 election. Polling indicates voter concerns range from the high cost of health coverage and prescription drugs, to protections for people with pre-existing conditions, to women’s health issues. To understand the health care landscape in which the 2020 election policy debates will unfold, these state
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Since taking office, the Trump administration has dramatically reduced funding for federal marketplace Navigators. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created Navigator programs to provide outreach, education, and enrollment assistance to consumers eligible for marketplace and Medicaid coverage and requires that they be funded by the marketplaces. As recently as 2016, the Centers for Medicare and
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The high cost of prescription drugs continues to be a top concern for the public. Policymakers at the federal and state level are pursuing a range of options to lower drug prices for Americans, one of which would allow for the safe importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries, based on evidence showing
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Millions of low-income Americans currently covered by Medicaid likely would become uninsured if the Supreme Court were to strike down the Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas, a legal challenge the high court is scheduled to hear in early November, KFF experts explain in a new Policy Watch post. Overturning the ACA would eliminate
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A new KFF analysis finds that expanding Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium subsidies like Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has proposed would lower the cost of Marketplace coverage for nearly all potential enrollees, including the uninsured and others currently priced out of the Marketplace. While the former Vice President’s plan to create a public option
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