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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How are Seniors Choosing and Changing Health Insurance Plans?

This report summarizes first-hand accounts of seniors’ Medicare private plan decision making strategies, based on focus groups conducted in four cities. Seniors found the initial plan selection process overwhelming due to the volume of information they received and their inability to organize it. Few used the government’s online comparison tool, and those that did cite several shortcomings. Many relied on advice from sources they trust, including insurance agents, plan representatives, friends, family members, doctor’s offices and pharmacists. After they enroll in a plan, many seniors did not revisit their initial decision or review plan options without the strong provocation of a substantial increase in cost, change in coverage, or shift in personal health care needs. Moreover, they feared that a change in plans may disrupt their care, or lead to an unforeseen increase in out-of-pocket costs, and require them to learn new rules and requirements. They are doubtful they would end up in a plan that is appreciatively different or better for them. Overall, seniors preferred to have numerous choices in plans but would like personalized help and advice from experts to ease the process.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Providing Outreach and Enrollment Assistance: Lessons Learned from Community Health Centers in Massachusetts

As states and communities gear up to provide outreach and enrollment assistance under the ACA, the enrollment assistance experience of health centers in Massachusetts, where a major expansion of health coverage was implemented six years ago, offers valuable lessons that can help to inform current and emerging efforts by health centers and other community-based organizations to reach and enroll millions of low-income, uninsured Americans in health insurance.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Obamacare and You: If You Are Uninsured…

The Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, creates several new ways to get health coverage. This fact sheet explains how If you are uninsured and not offered health coverage through your job, you may be able to obtain coverage through Medicaid or through a new health insurance marketplace (or exchange) in your state. It is from our Obamacare & You series.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Obamacare and You: If You Are Low-Income and May Qualify for Medicaid…

This fact sheet from the Obamacare & You series explains health coverage options that may be available to people who have low-incomes or may be qualified for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, The law expands Medicaid and creates creates new private insurance marketplaces, in which subsidies will be available to low- and moderate-income people.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

A Look at Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers Under the ACA: A Focus on Childless Adults

This brief provides an overview of Section 1115 waiver authority, describes major provisions of waivers that extend coverage to childless adults, and identifies key issues and implications of these waivers looking forward to the Affordable Care Act and beyond.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Obamacare and You: If You Have a Pre-Existing Condition

This short explainer highlights the changes for people with pre-existing health conditions coming under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Obamacare and You: If You Buy Coverage in the Individual Market

This short explainer provides an overview of the changes coming under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for those now buying coverage in the individual market.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey

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 2013 EHBS survey finds average family health premiums rose 4 percent in 2013, relatively modest growth by historical standards.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Helping People With HIV Navigate the Transition to ACA Coverage: Summary of a Roundtable Discussion

In March 2013, the Kaiser Family Foundation convened key HIV/AIDS stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to explore opportunities for maximizing the beneficial impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for people living with HIV and examine strategies to help them navigate the transition to new health coverage. This report summarizes the information shared and key issues discussed at the meeting.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Key Facts about the Uninsured Population

This fact sheet provides details about the 47 million nonelderly Americans that were uninsured in 2012. It answers questions about why so many Americans are uninsured, how uninsured numbers have trended over time, who the uninsured are, and how being uninsured impacts their daily lives, from health care access issues to financial implications. It also explores the potential implications of upcoming Affordable Care Act provisions on uninsured individuals and how it might help them gain coverage.

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