Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues…

Trending on kff Medicare & Medicaid at 50 Individual Market Medicaid Expansion

Few Consumers Use Information on Health Provider Quality or Price

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses new poll findings showing very small numbers of consumers are using provider quality and price information.

Column/Op-Ed Read Post

At Tax Time, No Public Backlash Over Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

As tax season closes, Drew Altman, in his Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank column, looks at why the ACA’s individual mandate and tax credit reconciliation process “passed their first major hurdles this tax season with no significant public backlash”.

Column/Op-Ed Read Post

Public vs. Private Health Insurance on Controlling Spending

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman analyzes whether public or private health insurance does a better job of controlling costs.

Column/Op-Ed Read Post

Why Low Growth in Health Costs Still Stings

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman shows how rising deductibles have eclipsed growth in wages, and discusses why that may be the main reason people think costs have been continuing to rise rapidly when instead growth has slowed.

Column/Op-Ed Read Post

Americans Don’t Feel the Slowdown in Health Costs

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses why the health policy agenda may shift to focus more on affordability of coverage, consumer protection and consumer information in coming years.

Column/Op-Ed Read Post

After Five Years, Public Opinion on Health Law Remains Divided

On the Affordable Care Act’s fifth anniversary, Drew Altman’s column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank discusses two views of public opinion on the law.

Column/Op-Ed Read Post
ES_WP_Query Object
(
    [es_map:protected] => Array
        (
            [post_meta] => meta.%s.value.raw_lc
            [post_meta.analyzed] => meta.%s.value
            [post_meta.long] => meta.%s.long
            [post_meta.double] => meta.%s.double
            [post_meta.binary] => meta.%s.boolean
            [post_meta.date] => post_meta.%s.date
            [post_meta.datetime] => post_meta.%s.datetime
            [post_meta.time] => post_meta.%s.time
            [post_meta.signed] => post_meta.%s.signed
            [post_meta.unsigned] => post_meta.%s.unsigned
            [term_id] => taxonomy.%s.term_id
            [term_slug] => taxonomy.%s.slug
            [term_name] => taxonomy.%s.name.raw
            [term_tt_id] => terms.%s.term_taxonomy_id
            [category_id] => category.term_id
            [category_slug] => category.slug
            [category_name] => category.name.raw
            [category_tt_id] => terms.%s.term_taxonomy_id
            [tag_id] => tag.term_id
            [tag_slug] => tag.slug
            [tag_name] => tag.name.raw
            [tag_tt_id] => terms.%s.term_taxonomy_id
            [post_author] => author_id
            [post_date] => date
            [post_date.year] => date_token.year
            [post_date.month] => date_token.month
            [post_date.week] => date_token.week
            [post_date.day] => date_token.day
            [post_date.day_of_year] => date_token.day_of_year
            [post_date.day_of_week] => date_token.day_of_week
            [post_date.hour] => date_token.hour
            [post_date.minute] => date_token.minute
            [post_date.second] => date_token.second
            [post_date_gmt] => date_gmt
            [post_date_gmt.year] => date_gmt_token.year
            [post_date_gmt.month] => date_gmt_token.month
            [post_date_gmt.week] => date_gmt_token.week
            [post_date_gmt.day] => date_gmt_token.day
            [post_date_gmt.day_of_year] => date_gmt_token.day_of_year
            [post_date_gmt.day_of_week] => date_gmt_token.day_of_week
            [post_date_gmt.hour] => date_gmt_token.hour
            [post_date_gmt.minute] => date_gmt_token.minute
            [post_date_gmt.second] => date_gmt_token.second
            [post_content] => content
            [post_content.analyzed] => content
            [post_title] => title
            [post_title.analyzed] => title
            [post_excerpt] => excerpt
            [post_password] => post_password
            [post_name] => post_name
            [post_modified] => modified
            [post_modified.year] => modified_token.year
            [post_modified.month] => modified_token.month
            [post_modified.week] => modified_token.week
            [post_modified.day] => modified_token.day
            [post_modified.day_of_year] => modified_token.day_of_year
            [post_modified.day_of_week] => modified_token.day_of_week
            [post_modified.hour] => modified_token.hour
            [post_modified.minute] => modified_token.minute
            [post_modified.second] => modified_token.second
            [post_modified_gmt] => modified_gmt
            [post_modified_gmt.year] => modified_gmt_token.year
            [post_modified_gmt.month] => modified_gmt_token.month
            [post_modified_gmt.week] => modified_gmt_token.week
            [post_modified_gmt.day] => modified_gmt_token.day
            [post_modified_gmt.day_of_year] => modified_gmt_token.day_of_year
            [post_modified_gmt.day_of_week] => modified_gmt_token.day_of_week
            [post_modified_gmt.hour] => modified_gmt_token.hour
            [post_modified_gmt.minute] => modified_gmt_token.minute
            [post_modified_gmt.second] => modified_gmt_token.second
            [post_parent] => parent_post_id
            [menu_order] => menu_order
            [post_mime_type] => post_mime_type
            [comment_count] => comment_count
        )

    [es_args] => Array
        (
            [filter] => Array
                (
                    [and] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [terms] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_type] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [0] => perspective
                                                    [1] => page
                                                )

                                        )

                                )

                            [1] => Array
                                (
                                    [terms] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_status] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [0] => publish
                                                )

                                        )

                                )

                            [2] => Array
                                (
                                    [or] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [term] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [meta.kff_author.value.raw_lc] => 49507
                                                        )

                                                )

                                            [1] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [term] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [meta.included_on_page.value.raw_lc] => 105174
                                                        )

                                                )

                                        )

                                )

                        )

                )

            [sort] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [date] => desc
                        )

                )

            [fields] => Array
                (
                    [0] => post_id
                )

            [from] => 18
            [size] => 6
        )

    [es_response] => Array
        (
            [results] => Array
                (
                    [total] => 104
                    [max_score] => 
                    [hits] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [_index] => kaiserfamilyfoundation.wordpress.com-8
                                    [_type] => post
                                    [_id] => 50276312-p-150511
                                    [_score] => 
                                    [fields] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_id] => 150511
                                        )

                                    [sort] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => 1430122674000
                                        )

                                )

                            [1] => Array
                                (
                                    [_index] => kaiserfamilyfoundation.wordpress.com-8
                                    [_type] => post
                                    [_id] => 50276312-p-149843
                                    [_score] => 
                                    [fields] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_id] => 149843
                                        )

                                    [sort] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => 1429605689000
                                        )

                                )

                            [2] => Array
                                (
                                    [_index] => kaiserfamilyfoundation.wordpress.com-8
                                    [_type] => post
                                    [_id] => 50276312-p-149354
                                    [_score] => 
                                    [fields] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_id] => 149354
                                        )

                                    [sort] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => 1429172313000
                                        )

                                )

                            [3] => Array
                                (
                                    [_index] => kaiserfamilyfoundation.wordpress.com-8
                                    [_type] => post
                                    [_id] => 50276312-p-148296
                                    [_score] => 
                                    [fields] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_id] => 148296
                                        )

                                    [sort] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => 1428479827000
                                        )

                                )

                            [4] => Array
                                (
                                    [_index] => kaiserfamilyfoundation.wordpress.com-8
                                    [_type] => post
                                    [_id] => 50276312-p-147671
                                    [_score] => 
                                    [fields] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_id] => 147671
                                        )

                                    [sort] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => 1427821317000
                                        )

                                )

                            [5] => Array
                                (
                                    [_index] => kaiserfamilyfoundation.wordpress.com-8
                                    [_type] => post
                                    [_id] => 50276312-p-146631
                                    [_score] => 
                                    [fields] => Array
                                        (
                                            [post_id] => 146631
                                        )

                                    [sort] => Array
                                        (
                                            [0] => 1426780828000
                                        )

                                )

                        )

                )

            [took] => 1
        )

    [query] => Array
        (
            [post_type] => Array
                (
                    [0] => perspective
                    [1] => page
                )

            [orderby] => date
            [order] => DESC
            [posts_per_page] => 6
            [paged] => 4
            [meta_query] => Array
                (
                    [relation] => OR
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => kff_author
                            [value] => 49507
                        )

                    [1] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => included_on_page
                            [value] => 105174
                        )

                )

        )

    [query_vars] => Array
        (
            [post_type] => Array
                (
                    [0] => perspective
                    [1] => page
                )

            [orderby] => date
            [order] => desc
            [posts_per_page] => 6
            [paged] => 4
            [meta_query] => Array
                (
                    [relation] => OR
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => kff_author
                            [value] => 49507
                        )

                    [1] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => included_on_page
                            [value] => 105174
                        )

                )

            [error] => 
            [m] => 
            [p] => 0
            [post_parent] => 
            [subpost] => 
            [subpost_id] => 
            [attachment] => 
            [attachment_id] => 0
            [name] => 
            [static] => 
            [pagename] => 
            [page_id] => 0
            [second] => 
            [minute] => 
            [hour] => 
            [day] => 0
            [monthnum] => 0
            [year] => 0
            [w] => 0
            [category_name] => 
            [tag] => 
            [cat] => 
            [tag_id] => 
            [author] => 
            [author_name] => 
            [feed] => 
            [tb] => 
            [comments_popup] => 
            [meta_key] => 
            [meta_value] => 
            [preview] => 
            [s] => 
            [sentence] => 
            [fields] => 
            [menu_order] => 
            [category__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [category__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [category__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [ignore_sticky_posts] => 
            [suppress_filters] => 
            [cache_results] => 
            [update_post_term_cache] => 1
            [update_post_meta_cache] => 1
            [nopaging] => 
            [comments_per_page] => 50
        )

    [tax_query] => ES_WP_Tax_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                )

            [relation] => AND
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                )

            [queried_terms] => Array
                (
                )

            [primary_table] => 
            [primary_id_column] => 
        )

    [meta_query] => ES_WP_Meta_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => kff_author
                            [value] => 49507
                        )

                    [1] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => included_on_page
                            [value] => 105174
                        )

                    [relation] => OR
                )

            [relation] => OR
            [meta_table] => 
            [meta_id_column] => 
            [primary_table] => 
            [primary_id_column] => 
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                )

            [clauses:protected] => Array
                (
                )

        )

    [date_query] => 
    [posts] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 150511
                    [post_author] => 36621681
                    [post_date] => 2015-04-27 08:17:54
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-27 12:17:54
                    [post_content] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses new poll findings showing very small numbers of consumers are using provider quality and price information.

 
                    [post_title] => Few Consumers Use Information on Health Provider Quality or Price
                    [post_excerpt] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses new poll findings showing very small numbers of consumers are using provider quality and price information.
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => few-consumers-use-information-on-health-provider-quality-or-price
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2015-05-20 11:48:57
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-20 15:48:57
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://kff.org/?post_type=perspective&p=150511
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => perspective
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [1] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 149843
                    [post_author] => 36621681
                    [post_date] => 2015-04-21 08:41:29
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-21 12:41:29
                    [post_content] => As tax season closes, Drew Altman, in his Wall Street Journal's Think Tank column, looks at why the ACA’s individual mandate and tax credit reconciliation process “passed their first major hurdles this tax season with no significant public backlash”.
                    [post_title] => At Tax Time, No Public Backlash Over Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => at-tax-time-no-public-backlash-over-obamacares-individual-mandate
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2015-05-20 11:49:34
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-20 15:49:34
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://kff.org/?post_type=perspective&p=149843
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => perspective
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [2] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 149354
                    [post_author] => 36621681
                    [post_date] => 2015-04-16 08:18:33
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-16 12:18:33
                    [post_content] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman analyzes whether public or private health insurance does a better job of controlling costs.
                    [post_title] => Public vs. Private Health Insurance on Controlling Spending
                    [post_excerpt] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman analyzes whether public or private health insurance does a better job of controlling costs.
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => public-vs-private-health-insurance-on-controlling-spending
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2015-05-20 11:52:35
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-20 15:52:35
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://kff.org/?post_type=perspective&p=149354
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => perspective
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [3] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 148296
                    [post_author] => 36621681
                    [post_date] => 2015-04-08 07:57:07
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-08 11:57:07
                    [post_content] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman shows how rising deductibles have eclipsed growth in wages, and discusses why that may be the main reason people think costs have been continuing to rise rapidly when instead growth has slowed.
                    [post_title] => Why Low Growth in Health Costs Still Stings
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => why-low-growth-in-health-costs-still-stings
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2015-05-20 11:54:39
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-20 15:54:39
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://kff.org/?post_type=perspective&p=148296
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => perspective
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [4] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 147671
                    [post_author] => 36621681
                    [post_date] => 2015-03-31 17:01:57
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2015-03-31 21:01:57
                    [post_content] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses why the health policy agenda may shift to focus more on affordability of coverage, consumer protection and consumer information in coming years.
                    [post_title] => Americans Don’t Feel the Slowdown in Health Costs
                    [post_excerpt] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses why the health policy agenda may shift to focus more on affordability of coverage, consumer protection and consumer information in coming years.
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => americans-dont-feel-the-slowdown-in-health-costs
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2015-03-31 18:22:57
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-03-31 22:22:57
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://kff.org/?post_type=perspective&p=147671
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => perspective
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [5] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 146631
                    [post_author] => 36621681
                    [post_date] => 2015-03-19 16:00:28
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2015-03-19 20:00:28
                    [post_content] => On the Affordable Care Act’s fifth anniversary, Drew Altman’s column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank discusses two views of public opinion on the law.
                    [post_title] => After Five Years, Public Opinion on Health Law Remains Divided
                    [post_excerpt] => On the Affordable Care Act’s fifth anniversary, Drew Altman’s column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank discusses two views of public opinion on the law.
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => after-five-years-public-opinion-on-health-law-remains-divided
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2015-03-19 16:00:28
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-03-19 20:00:28
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://kff.org/?post_type=perspective&p=146631
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => perspective
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

        )

    [post_count] => 6
    [current_post] => -1
    [in_the_loop] => 
    [post] => WP_Post Object
        (
            [ID] => 150511
            [post_author] => 36621681
            [post_date] => 2015-04-27 08:17:54
            [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-27 12:17:54
            [post_content] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses new poll findings showing very small numbers of consumers are using provider quality and price information.

 
            [post_title] => Few Consumers Use Information on Health Provider Quality or Price
            [post_excerpt] => In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses new poll findings showing very small numbers of consumers are using provider quality and price information.
            [post_status] => publish
            [comment_status] => closed
            [ping_status] => closed
            [post_password] => 
            [post_name] => few-consumers-use-information-on-health-provider-quality-or-price
            [to_ping] => 
            [pinged] => 
            [post_modified] => 2015-05-20 11:48:57
            [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-20 15:48:57
            [post_content_filtered] => 
            [post_parent] => 0
            [guid] => http://kff.org/?post_type=perspective&p=150511
            [menu_order] => 0
            [post_type] => perspective
            [post_mime_type] => 
            [comment_count] => 0
            [filter] => raw
        )

    [comment_count] => 0
    [current_comment] => -1
    [found_posts] => 104
    [max_num_pages] => 18
    [max_num_comment_pages] => 0
    [is_single] => 
    [is_preview] => 
    [is_page] => 
    [is_archive] => 
    [is_date] => 
    [is_year] => 
    [is_month] => 
    [is_day] => 
    [is_time] => 
    [is_author] => 
    [is_category] => 
    [is_tag] => 
    [is_tax] => 
    [is_search] => 
    [is_feed] => 
    [is_comment_feed] => 
    [is_trackback] => 
    [is_home] => 1
    [is_404] => 
    [is_comments_popup] => 
    [is_paged] => 1
    [is_admin] => 
    [is_attachment] => 
    [is_singular] => 
    [is_robots] => 
    [is_posts_page] => 
    [is_post_type_archive] => 
    [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 7fefef33553c0943c4dfb0c4f6cc0283
    [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 
    [thumbnails_cached] => 
    [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => 
    [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array
        (
            [0] => query_vars_hash
            [1] => query_vars_changed
        )

    [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array
        (
            [0] => init_query_flags
            [1] => parse_tax_query
        )

)