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  • National ACA Marketplace Signups Dipped a Modest 3.7 Percent This Year February 7, 2018
    Overall ACA marketplace signups for 2018 dropped by 3.7 percent compared to last year’s enrollment period, a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. 11,760,533 people signed up for 2018 health insurance coverage on the ACA individual marketplaces, amid steep reductions in federal fundi […]
  • Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – January 2018: The Public’s Priorities and Next Steps for the Affordable Care Act January 26, 2018
    With the 2018 midterm elections still about ten months away, the January Kaiser Health Tracking poll examines what issues voters most want 2018 midterm candidates to talk about during their upcoming campaigns. Health care is at the top of a group of issues but health care is less important to Republ […]
  • Health Care Ranks Among Voters’ Top Issues for the 2018 Midterm Elections, But It’s a Lower Priority Among Voters in Battleground States and Districts January 26, 2018
    Only One in Three Know the Tax Reform Law Repeals the ACA’s Unpopular Individual Mandate Health care and the economy and jobs top voters’ list as “the most important issue” for Congressional candidates to talk about ahead of November’s midterm elections, but the lineup shifts among voters in states […]
  • Who can still sign up for 2018 coverage after December 15? January 19, 2018
    This fact sheet highlights the states and situations where consumers can still sign up for a 2018 marketplace plan even though the Dec. 15 deadline for enrolling in states has passed. It includes consumers in states who have extended open enrollment periods, people whose 2017 plan was […]
  • The Trump Administration’s Hidden Attacks on the Affordable Care Act January 5, 2018
    In a Washington Post op-ed, “The Trump administration’s hidden attacks on the Affordable Care Act,” Larry Levitt discusses the latest proposed regulations by the Trump administration to expand association health plans: changes that could wound the ACA insurance marketplace, but are unlikely to make […]
  • Individual Insurance Market Performance in Late 2017 January 4, 2018
    This brief examines insurer financial data for the first nine months of 2017 and finds further evidence that the individual market has been stabilizing and that insurers are regaining profitability, even as policy uncertainty and the repeal of the individual mandate complicates the outlook for 2018 […]
  • Tracking Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers December 12, 2017
    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, […]
  • Implications of Navigator Funding Changes on People with HIV: Navigator Perspectives December 4, 2017
    This issue brief analyzes funding data and findings from stakeholder interviews with navigators serving people with HIV to assess the potential impact of navigator grant cuts on this population. […]
  • The Biggest Health Issue We Aren’t Debating November 22, 2017
    In an Axios column, Drew Altman raises a health care issue that isn’t being debated, a large share of the public don’t have the assets to cover the cost sharing in their health plan if they get sick. […]
  • JAMA Forum: The Health Care Law that Continues to Escape Death November 20, 2017
    In this November 2017 post for The JAMA Forum, Larry Levitt reviews the status of the Affordable Care Act following actions by the Trump administration widely perceived as designed to undermine the marketplaces. Despite assertions to the contrary, Levitt finds, "at least for now, the ACA seems […]

Medicare News

  • Medicare helps you get smart about kidney disease March 15, 2018
    Did you know that 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being 60 or older. The best way to fight kidney disease is to find it before trouble starts. But, if you’ve already […] […]
  • Healthy Eating Solutions – Medicare can help! March 8, 2018
    As American lifestyles have gotten busier, the demand for food that can be purchased and eaten quickly—known as fast food–has gained speed, too. With today’s hectic schedules, it can be hard to find time to prepare a healthy meal or exercise. If you need an eating and activity plan that will work for you, Medicare […] […]
  • 5 ways to become an informed Medicare consumer March 4, 2018
    Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 4–8, 2018, non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you take advantage of your rights and make better-informed choices. Here are 5 things you can do to become an informed Medicare consumer: Know your rig […]
  • 5 ways to lower your risk of colon cancer March 1, 2018
    Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people 50 and older. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There […] […]
  • Spring into action with an ounce of prevention March 1, 2018
    Spring is a season of new beginnings and growth, bringing us longer hours of daylight, sprouting tulips, and warmer weather. It’s the perfect time to renew your commitment to better health, and practice preventive care. Preventive services are valuable to your wellbeing, because they can help you keep from getting sick and find health problems […] […]
  • Donors save lives February 14, 2018
    Each year, about 8,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant, and just one donor can save and heal up to 75 lives through organ and tissue donation. Today, there are more than 120,000 patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and many more who need cornea, tissue, bone marrow, blood, and platelet donations. There […] […]
  • Wear red – support women’s fight against heart disease February 2, 2018
    Did you know that every minute, heart disease takes the life of a woman in the United States? Heart disease doesn’t affect every woman in the same way, but there are signs to look for and ways to help prevent it. Medicare covers cardiovascular disease screenings every 5 years for people with Part B. Quitting […] […]
  • Show your heart some love this Valentine’s Day February 1, 2018
    Although popular love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you—but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking about 630,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to lower your […] […]
  • New Medicare cards protect your personal information January 25, 2018
    Starting in April 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security Number so we’re removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer. Your new card will have a new […] […]
  • Focus on keeping your vision clear January 11, 2018
    Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may still have glaucoma even if you don’t have any trouble seeing or feel any pain. If you find and get treatment for glaucoma early, you can protect your eyes from […] […]