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Explaining Health Care Reform: What Is An Employer “Pay-or-Play” Requirement?

To broaden coverage, some health reform proposals would require employers to offer coverage or pay to help finance subsidies for those without access to affordable coverage. These types of reforms are often referred to as “pay-or-play” policies. The brief explains the concept and policy implications of employer pay-or-play proposals, which…

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – June 2009

The June Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds remarkable stability in public opinion on health reform as Congressional committees begin to hone in on the details of their health reform bills and debate intensifies. A solid majority of the American people continue to believe that health reform is more important than…

Health Care and the Middle Class: More Costs and Less Coverage

This analysis paper examines the availability, affordability and stability of the health insurance coverage of the American middle class, defined as those with incomes of $44,000 to $88,000 for a family of four. It also addresses the growing burden of health care costs for the middle class, the adequacy of…

Survey of Healthy San Francisco Participants

This survey of enrollees in Healthy San Francisco (HSF), the city’s health care access program for the uninsured, reports high rates of satisfaction and signs that the program has improved access to care for those uninsured residents who have enrolled. In 2006, San Francisco created a unique health access program…

Access to Abortion Coverage and Health Reform

This brief summarizes the major insurance coverage provisions of the ACA that are relevant for women of reproductive age, reviews current federal and state policies on abortion coverage and how they may be modified under health reform, and discusses the potential impact of the federal legislation on women’s access to abortion coverage.

Summary of Coverage Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

This short summary describes the health coverage provisions contained in the final version of the Affordable Care Act signed into law in March 2010, including the individual mandate requirements, expansion of public programs, health insurance exchanges, changes to private insurance and employer requirements.

Protecting Children During the Recession: Spotlight on State Health Coverage Efforts

The beginning of the recession, from December 2007 through December 2008, led to an increase in the overall number of uninsured. Despite a 1.5 million increase in the number of uninsured adults, however, the number of uninsured children declined by 800,000 during this time period. States have played a key…

Health Care Reform and the CLASS Act

This issue brief examines the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, a component of the health reform law that establishes a national, voluntary insurance program for purchasing community living services and supports that is designed to expand options for people who become functionally disabled and require long-term help.…