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  • How to Keep ACA Stabilization Narrow August 31, 2017
    In this column for Axios, Drew Altman discusses the main challenges for members and media coverage as members take up the issue of stabilization of the Affordable Care Act. […]
  • Coverage and Care Pathways for People with HIV: A New Baseline August 29, 2017
    This issue brief provides a snapshot of access to health care for people with HIV today as a marker for gauging coverage changes going forward. […]
  • Counties at Risk of Having No Insurer on the Marketplace (Exchange) in 2018 August 18, 2017
    This map shows the counties at risk of having no insurer on the marketplace (exchange), created by the Affordable Care Act, in 2018, based on a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of insurer rate filings and news reports. […]
  • Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – August 2017: The Politics of ACA Repeal and Replace Efforts August 11, 2017
    Following the U.S. Senate’s failed vote on the “skinny repeal”, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that the majority of the public say it is a “good thing” that the Senate did not pass the bill that would have repealed and replaced the ACA. A large share of Americans think President Trump […]
  • Early Analysis of 21 Major Cities Tracks ACA Marketplace Premium Changes, Insurer Participation, Uncertainty August 10, 2017
    As insurers grapple with continuing uncertainty surrounding 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of initial filings in 21 major cities finds that changes in 2018 benchmark silver plan premiums are likely to range widely, from a decrease of 5 percent in […]
  • The ACA Stability “Crisis” In Perspective August 10, 2017
    In this column for Axios, Drew Altman presents new data analysis showing how many people are impacted by premium increases in the non-group market, and discusses the implications.  […]
  • An Early Look at 2018 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation on ACA Exchanges August 10, 2017
    This analysis looks at preliminary premiums and insurer participation in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, noting the effects of uncertainty surrounding individual mandate enforcement and cost-sharing reduction payments. […]
  • JAMA Forum: Has Obamacare Become Trumpcare? August 8, 2017
    With the effort to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act seemingly on hold or even dead, Larry Levitt discusses what the Trump administration could do to make the ACA successful - including providing clarity around individual mandate enforcement and cost-sharing reduction payments; maintaining o […]
  • What’s the Near-Term Outlook for the Affordable Care Act? August 4, 2017
    If Congress abandons efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has said he would “let Obamacare fail.” This Q&A examines what could happen to the individual insurance marketplaces if the ACA, also called “Obamacare,” remains the law and what it might mean to le […]
  • What’s the Near-Term Outlook for the Affordable Care Act? August 4, 2017
    With congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act on hold, a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation answers questions about the current state of the 2010 health law, zeroing in on the individual insurance marketplaces that the law established. Questions addressed b […]

Medicare News

  • Go paperless—get your “Medicare & You” electronically! September 19, 2017
    Did you know that instead of getting a paper copy of your “Medicare & You” handbook every fall, you can sign up to get it electronically? You’ll not only be helping the environment, but you’ll be saving tax dollars too. The eHandbook is the online version of your trusted “Medicare & You” handbook and has […] […]
  • Spot the signs of ovarian cancer September 6, 2017
    Each year, about 22,000 women in the U.S. get ovarian cancer. It’s also the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. Early diagnosis is the key to survival, and the key to early diagnosis is recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer: Bloating Pelvic or abdominal pain Trouble eating or feeling full quickly Urgency […] […]
  • Protect your Medicare by protecting your Medicare number August 21, 2017
    Are you a bargain hunter? Always looking for the best deal or ready for the next best thing? If someone offered you a state-of-the-art arthritis kit and said Medicare would cover it, would you be interested? There are lots of benefits that come with aging, and discounts are one of them. But discounts and deals […] […]
  • Finding a hospice provider just got easier August 16, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working diligently to make healthcare quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers in all stages of life to empower them to take ownership of their healthcare choices. This includes decisions about end-of-life care, when consumers in a time of vulnerability need transparent, d […]
  • Protecting yourself from pneumonia is easy August 1, 2017
    Did you know that 674,000 Americans go to the emergency room with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease spreads by direct person-to-person contact. There’s a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia, but only 64% of adult […]
  • Medicare helps protect you from hepatitis July 28, 2017
    Did you know viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year? Together, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C cause 80% of liver cancer cases in the world. Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver often caused by viruses, affects millions of people worldwide. Fortunately, Medicare […] […]
  • Manage your chronic conditions with connected care June 29, 2017
    Wayne is in his early 70s, and has diabetes and a history of high blood pressure. He was overwhelmed trying to manage both conditions at the same time. His doctor told him that Medicare includes chronic care management services to better manage his health conditions. Now, a health care professional helps Wayne keep track of […] […]
  • Take charge, take the test for HIV June 27, 2017
    Did you know that 1 in 7 of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they have it? Getting medical care, support, and maintaining safe behaviors can help improve the health and lives of people living with HIV. Medicare can help. Medicare covers HIV screenings for people with […] […]
  • Planning a summer vacation? Pack your health coverage! June 12, 2017
    If you’re planning a vacation abroad this summer, you already know that there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have the most relaxing vacation possible, so before you go don’t forget to: Look into Medicare […] […]
  • Healthy men need health screenings, too June 6, 2017
    Have you ever put off doing something and later wished you’d just gotten it over with? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, or both. Screening tests can find cancer early, when treatment works best. Don’t put off screenings if you’re […] […]