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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Health Policy News Index: February 2014

The Kaiser Health Policy News Index is designed to help journalists and policymakers understand which health policy-related news stories Americans are paying attention to, and what the public understands about health policy issues covered in the news. This month’s Index finds that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the most-closely followed health policy news story this month, ranking behind news of the U.S. economy. The survey also finds that the news media is by far the public’s top source of information on the ACA, and the public believes media coverage of the law has focused more on politics and controversies than the impact on people.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Affairs Blog: The ACA And People With HIV: The ACA’s Impact And The Implications Of State Choices

A Health Affairs blog post by Jennifer Kates and Rachel Garfield examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on people with HIV/AIDS.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

All Eyes on the Supreme Court: More than Birth Control at Stake

On March 25th, the Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the ACA’s contraceptive coverage rule on religious grounds. These two corporations are Hobby Lobby, a national chain of craft stores owned by a Christian family and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet manufacturer, owned by a Mennonite family. Beyond the impact on the ACA and contraceptive coverage, the Court’s decision may have implications for religious rights of employers and employees, as well as corporate and civil rights laws. This brief examines three fundamental questions raised by some of the 84 amicus briefs that have been submitted to the Court.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Explaining Health Reform: How will the Affordable Care Act affect Small Businesses and their Employees?

Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will likely have significant effects on small businesses, their employees, and families. Currently, smaller businesses are less likely to offer health insurance coverage to their employees than larger companies: 57% of small businesses with 50 or fewer workers offered health benefits to…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid and Its Role in State/Federal Budgets & Health Reform

This chartpack from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured addresses five key questions about the Medicaid program. They include: What is Medicaid and what does it do? What does Medicaid cost and why? What is Medicaid’s role in state budgets? What is Medicaid’s role in the federal budget?…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Public’s Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress: Briefing and Panel Discussion

As the 113th Congress is sworn in, and President Barack Obama begins his second term of office, a comprehensive new Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health survey queried the public about their priorities for, and views on, a wide range of health and health policy issues.…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Why Premiums Will Change for People Who Now Have Nongroup Insurance

The federal government recently released draft regulations that address the benefits, market rules, and rating practices for nongroup coverage. Before reform, the nongroup market was widely acknowledged to be broken, with restricted access, limited benefits, high administrative costs, and frequent and large premium increases subject to inadequate oversight. Recent requests for…

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Financial and Administrative Alignment Demonstrations for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Compared: States with Memoranda of Understanding Approved by CMS

This issue brief compares the financial alignment demonstrations for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in states that have memoranda of understanding approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Insurance Market Reforms: Portability

Most Americans have access to health insurance through an employer-sponsored health plan, a fact that has made changing or losing a job a complex issue for the purposes of maintaining health insurance. Moving to a new job can be hard if the employer does not offer health insurance, or if…

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Translating The Medicaid Expansion Into Increased Coverage: The Role Of Application Assistance

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning in 2014 all states will employ streamlined, technology-driven enrollment systems to help eligible people sign up for insurance affordability programs, including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the new health insurance exchange marketplaces. Even with these streamlined systems in place, application assistance…

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